The Pitt and Penn State men’s soccer teams hadn’t played each other in more than 20 years until Tuesday night as Penn State beat Pitt, 1-0, on Tuesday night at Jeffrey Field in non-conference action.
The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Nittany Lions who dominated possession and had its way most of the match. Pitt held on despite facing an onslaught of pressure, and lost yet another close game where they could not muster enough in the attack.
Penn State (5-6-1) kept coming at the Panthers (2-9-2) defense, taking 22 shots, which was its most since Oct. 13, 2015 when it took 20 shots at West Virginia. Furthermore, the Nittany Lions put 13 shots on goal, 12 of which starting keeper Mikal Outcalt saved to keep it a one-goal match.
The Penn State defense kept Pitt to just one shot in the entire 90 minutes of play which is the least amount of shots given up to an opponent since it gave up five shots to Northwestern, Nov. 1, 2015.
The Nittany Lions’ lone goal of the match came in the 41st minute. PSU’s Dayonn Harris received a lead pass up the field and chipped the ball over Outcalt as he came attacking out of the cage. With an open net, Harris buried the ball in the lower left corner.
In the 66th minute, Outcalt denied Harris with a diving penalty kick save to keep the Panthers in the contest.
The Blue and White now carry a 23-6-3 all-time advantage over Pitt and have won nine-straight matches against the Panthers.
Furthermore, Penn State has not lost to Pittsburgh since the 1978 season when it fell 2-0 on the road.
Both teams return to conference play on Saturday. Penn State will be at home against Michigan State while the Panthers continue action on the road as they travel to Raleigh, N.C., to take on ACC-foe NC State. Both games are at 7 p.m.