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Pitt Men's Soccer Hits the Road for Three-Straight Matches




Oct. 2, 2012

Pitt Game Notes / Notre Dame Game Notes

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -  The Pitt men's soccer team begins a three-game road trip when they take on No. 10 Notre Dame at Alumni Field on Wednesday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. The Panthers and Irish have faced off 16 times since the teams started play in 1995. Notre Dame holds a 10-3-3 edge in the series with Pitt. The game can be viewed on-line at this link http://hqplayer.nbcsports.com/Player.html?PID=103 

Pitt (6-3-2, 0-2-0 Big East) began the season unbeaten in its first eight games before dropping its past three matches. Freshman midfielder Nick Wysong has a team-best 12 points (5G, 2A). He along with junior forward Nico Wrobel each have a team-high five goals.

Sophomore goalkeeper Lee Johnston is posting a goals against average of 1.14 and an .812 save percentage. He is one of four players, along with junior John Cordier, sophomore Julian Dickenson and freshman Kevin Fielden to start all 11 games this season for the Panthers.

Pitt fields a team of 17 underclassmen (freshman and sophomores) this season.

No. 10 Notre Dame (8-2-0, 0-2-0) recorded its second loss of the season, dropping a 2-1 decision at No. 2 Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 29. The Irish, who have recorded back-to-back Big East losses, were ranked as high as No. 2 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Men’s Poll this season.

UND is led by senior forward and 2011 All-Big East honoree Ryan Finley (6 goals) Senior defender Grant Van De Casteele was named to the Big East weekly honor roll for the week of October 1.

The Panthers will close the week with a match-up in New Jersey, traveling to Seton Hall on Saturday, Oct. 6. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. at Owen T. Carrol Field in South Orange. The matchup between Pitt and Seton Hall will mark the 30th meeting between the Big East foes.

The Pirates (4-5-0, 0-1-0) will also be in action on Wednesday evening when they face off at home against conference foe Providence facing its first competition since Sept. 22. Redshirt senior goalkeeper Michael Kuza was named the Big East Goalkeeper of the Week last week. Kuzan has a Big East leading 6.83 saves per game, stoppping 13 shots at Delaware on Sept. 18 and collecting 14 at Syracuse on Sept. 22.


 

 

Pitt recorded a 2-0 win over Seton Hall last season in Pittsburgh and has won three of the past four contests in the series.

The Last Meeting
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Pittsburgh1
October 22, 2011
Ambrose Urbanic Field
Pitt Men's Soccer Dropped by No. 15 Notre Dame, 3-1
The University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team could not sustain Notre Dame, falling 3-1 on Saturday evening at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.

Prior to the start of the contest, the Panthers (4-11-1, 2-5-0 Big East) recognized the contributions of six seniors: Terry Akpua, Ryan Brode, Andy Clifford, Shane Flowers, Hami Kara and Sam Luffy.

"They (the six seniors) are a good group, the core of team providing good leadership," said head coach Joe Luxbacher. "Every team needs a core of guys who are accountable, responsible and all of these guys are. We are going to miss them. This team respects them and owes a lot to them."


The Last Meeting
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Pittsburgh2
October 8, 2011
Ambrose Urbanic Field
Pitt Men's Soccer Shuts Out Seton Hall, 2-0
Senior forward Terry Akpua registered a goal and an assist to help lead the University of Pittsburgh men's soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Seton Hall on Saturday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. The win moves the Panthers to 2-1 in Big East play, while the Pirates drop to 0-3 in league action. Freshman goalkeeper Lee Johnston had two saves and posted his second shutout of the season. "Seton Hall is a very good attacking team and they hurt you if you don't pressure them and mark tight," said Pitt head coach Joe Luxbacher after the game. "The first half they got too much space and we were chasing the ball. In the second half, we tightened up. It was a good win."