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Vidovich returns to Wake Forest, as Pitt men lose to No. 4 Deacons, 2-0

from University of Pittsburgh athletic department report

The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team dropped a 2-0 decision to No. 4 Wake Forest Saturday night at Spry Stadium, marking the return of Jay Vidovich, Pitt’s coach, to the place where he coached for 20 years, including winning a National Championship.

After a scoreless first half, the Demon Deacons netted two goals in the second half to secure the victory.

With the loss, the Panthers drop to 2-4 on the year and 0-2 against ACC opponents, while Wake Forest improves to 6-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

The Panthers held the fourth-ranked Demon Deacons scoreless through the first half but Wake Forest’s offense heated up in the second as they rattled off 14 total shots.

Wake Forest first struck in the 64th minute as Steven Echevarria put in a header off a corner kick. 

The Demon Deacons added an insurance goal in the 85th minute off a set piece. Ema Twumasi found the back of the net after collecting a loose rebound.

In goal, redshirt sophomore Mikal Outcalt made a season-high 10 saves.

The Panthers return to Pittsburgh Tuesday, Sept. 19 to take on Robert Morris. Action is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field in the Petersen Sports Complex. Pittsburgh Soccer Report’s John Krysinsky will be on hand to cover this match. 

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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