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Pitt Men Come Up Short To #2 Notre Dame

 Box Score | Vidovich Postgame | Season Stats


PITTSBURGH – The Pitt men’s soccer team (2-6-2, 0-3-1 ACC) dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 2 Notre Dame (7-1-0, 3-1-0 ACC) Friday at the Petersen Sports Complex in ACC action.


The Fighting Irish struck in the 22nd and 87th minutes. Notre Dame attempted seven shots in the opening half, while shots were fairly even in the second with a 4-3 Irish advantage.


Heading into the second half, head coach Jay Vidovich was content with the opening minutes.


“We felt that we were on par with where we wanted to be,” Vidovich said. “Obviously we wanted to be even at the half, or ahead, but at that time we felt we were doing okay. They had more pressure down the middle than there was on the flank and we were able to knock down some of their balls. We had enough on the ball that we thought if we can just make a little bit better timing of our runs and better decisions on the ball that maybe something positive will happen.”


The Pitt defense held Notre Dame to just five shots on goal.


Freshman Luca Mellor was the lone Panther to attempt any shots on the night, taking three total.


Junior Jon Gallagher netted both goals for the Irish, his seventh and eighth of the season. In his first goal, Blake Townes sent a ball into the middle of the box from the right side that found the foot of Gallagher, who sent it to the bottom left corner. In the second half, Townes found Gallagher again in the 87th minute as he chipped the ball over the Panther defense, giving Gallagher a one-on-one opportunity with a Pitt defender. After beating his defender, he drew redshirt freshman Mikal Outcalt out of the goal and pushed the ball into the right corner from the left side.


Outcalt made three total saves through the 90 minutes.


Pitt returns to Amrbose Urbanic Field Monday, Oct. 3, to host Saint Mary’s at 7 p.m.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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