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Pitt men go the distance, battle Syracuse to 1-1 draw

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Pitt men go the distance, battle Syracuse to 1-1 draw

FINAL: Pitt 1, Syracuse 1

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from University of Pittsburgh athletic department report

Pitt men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 draw after a double overtime effort Friday night at the SU Soccer Stadium in conference play.

With the tie, the Panthers move to 3-3-2 overall and 1-1-1 in ACC play. Syracuse moves to 3-2-4 overall and is now 0-1-2 against conference foes.

Freshman Veljko Petkovic found the back of the net for third time this season and attempted a team-high four shots through 110 minutes of play.

Senior Arie Ammann had another solid performance in goal tonight, making a season-high nine saves.

The shooting attempts were nearly level, with Syracuse owning a slight 17-16 advantage and 10-9 with shots on goal.

Syracuse struck first in the 18th minute after a cross from the right side into the box for a header that got past Ammann in goal.

The Panthers responded in the 37th minute thanks to Petkovic. The freshman received a pass from junior Edward Kizza after he worked his way around Orange defenders in the box. Petkovic received the ball in the middle and buried the ball to the left corner of the goal.

Pitt gained an advantage in the 51st minute at SU’s Luther Archimede was issued his second yellow card of the night to put the Orange a man down for the remainder of the match.

Neither teams were able to find the back of the net in the remainder of regulation, forcing overtime.

The playing field was evened in the 94th minute after Petkovic received his second yellow card, forcing both teams to play a man down.

Syracuse attempted three shots through the first 10 minutes of overtime, but were unsuccessful in finding the back of the net. The Orange attempted three more in the second overtime, while Pitt had one look.

UP NEXT

The Panthers return home Monday, Sept. 31 to host Denver at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field in the Petersen Sports Complex.

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