Oct. 17, 2011
The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team hosts its final two home games of the 2011 season this week, entertaining Providence on Tuesday, Oct. 18 and No. 19 Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 22.Both games are at Ambrose Urbanic Field at Petersen Sports Complex with game times set for 7 p.m.
Tuesday's game against the Friars will be broadcast on Pitt Panthers TV with live coverage on www.pittsburghpanthers.com. The game will be shown on Pitt Panthers TV at a later date (Comcast 188/210)
The Panthers have dropped two-straight games - both to ranked opponents. Pitt fell 2-0 to No. 24 WVU last Wednesday (both goals scored off of penalty kicks) at home and lost a 1-0 contest at No. 1 Connecticut on Saturday night.
About the Friars
Providence is 7-5-1 on the year and 2-2-1 in league play. The Friars are led in scoring by the tandem of Greg Davis (5 goals, 1 assist) and Marcos Ugarte (4 goals, 3 assists) with each having 11 points on the year. Eight different players have accounted for PC’s 19 goals.
Justin Obando has played 13 games in goal, posting a1.08 goals against average and a .750 save percentage. Twelve of PC’s 19 goals on the season have come in the second half - ironically they have taken less shots in the second half (64 to 69) than in the first period.
The Panthers and Friars are meeting for the 22nd time in program history. Pitt, who has lost the last six-straight to PC, trails 8-12 -1. The last Pitt victory occurred during the 2004 season, a 2-0 win at home. Ten of the previous 21 contests have been decided by a lone goal which includes last season’s 2-1 PC win on Oct. 24, 2010.
About the Irish
Notre Dame is 6-3-4 on the season and 2-2-1 in league play. The Irish were 1-1 last week, falling at Marquette and topping No. 20 Georgetown 3-0. The three-goal win matched the largest margin of victory this season.
ND used three different goalkeepers in the win over the Hoyas. Senior keeper Will Walsh got the win for his fifth shutout of the season. Walsh is ranked third in the league in goals against average (.77) and fifth in save percentage (.823).
Ryan Finley leads all Big East players in shots (51) and shots per game (4.25). He has five goals on the season. ND plays Seton Hall at home on Wednesday prior to its trip to Pittsburgh. Pitt is 3-8-3 all-time against ND.
With two conference wins, the Panthers have already posted more league tilts than they did a season ago. In 2010, Pitt was 1-6-2 in Big East play. Pitt has an opportunity to go 6-3 in league action should they run the table in its remaining Big East games (Providence, No, 19 Notre Dame, No. 17 Georgetown, Marquette). The chase to compete in the Big East Championship is still up for grabs.
Current Big East Standings/Blue Division
W-L-T Pts Overall
Marquette 5-0-0 15 7-5-2
UConn 4-0-1 13 13-0-1
Georgetown 3-2-0 9 8-3--3
West Virginia 3-2-0 9 7-5-1
Notre Dame 2-2-1 7 6-3-4
Providence 2-2-1 7 7-5-1
Pittsburgh 2-3-0 6 4-9-1
Seton Hall 0-5-0 0 4-8-2
Wednesday, Nov. 2 (campus sites)
No. 5 Red at No. 4 Blue
No. 6 Blue at No. 3 Red
No. 5 Blue at No. 4 Red
No. 6 Red at No. 3 Blue
Saturday, Nov. 5 (campus sites)
No. 5 Red/4 Blue at No. 1 Red
No. 6 Blue/3 Red at No. 2 Blue
No. 5 Blue/4 Red at No. 1 Blue
No. 6 Red/3 Blue at No. 2 Red
The Panthers have played three overtime games this season, posting a 1-1-1 record in those games. Last season, Pitt also played three extra stanza affairs (1-0-2).
The Panthers have used 10 different starting line-ups in 14 games this season. Sophomore Robert Iledare and freshman Manny Morgado are the only two players to earn a start in every single game (14) this season.
Tops on the Year
The Panthers registered a season high seven points in the win over Seton Hall on Oct. 8 and have posted their top two point totals in a single contest in two of the last three games. Pitt had six points against Syracuse on Oct. 1. The contest versus the Orange marked the first time this season that Pitt tallied two or more goals in a single contest. Last season, the Panthers collected two or more goals in six of 17 games. The three assists versus Seton Hall were also a team season-best. Pitt has seven assists on its 11 scores.
Five and Counting …
Sophomore transfer Nico Wrobel has scored five of the team’s 11 goals this season. The five goals are the most for a Panthers player in a single season since 2005 (Dwayane Grant Higgins, 5). In 2004, two players (second team All-Big East honoree Keeyan Young and Billy Brush) each registered seven goals. Six different players have accounted for Pitt’s 11 goals.
Pitt has been perfect in penalty kicks this season, going 4-of-4. All four goals have been courtesy of Nico Wrobel. The Panthers gave up their first penalty kicks of the season against WVU last Wednesday.
There’s No Place like Home
The Panthers have 10 home games this season at their new on-campus home confines (Petersen Sports Complex), the most home contests since the 2007-2008 (11) season when Pitt finished 2-8-1 at home. Pitt is 3-5 at home so far this season with two more home games still to come. The Panthers, who played nine games at home (Founder’s Field) last season, finished the 2010 season with a 6-2-1 home mark.
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