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No. 21 Pitt can’t convert on chances, lose for first time at No. 22 Xavier, 2-1

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o. 22 Pitt Panthers (6-1-0, 0-0-0 ACC) fell to the No. 21 Xavier Musketeers (5-1-0, 0-0-0 Big East) in Thursday night matchup at Concoran Field.

The Panthers dominated the front half of the first 45 minutes but could not find the elusive first goal. Goalkeeper Ellie Breech posted four saves in the first half with seven saves total for the Panthers.

In the 32nd minute, Shelby Sallee netted her first goal of the season off of Breech’s save rebound.

Xavier went into the locker room with the 1-0 lead.

Xavier posted their second goal on the night in the 74th minute as Sallee headed in the ball off a free-kick.

Just under the 81st minute, Pitt cut Xavier’s lead in half after Mackenzie Evers sent the ball into the net off of Amanda West’s assist. This was Evers’ first goal and West’s second assist of the season.

Pitt posted 13 shots with nine shots on goal, including two penalty kick opportunities which were saved by Xavier keeper Maria Galley.


The Panthers will remain in Cincinnati, OH where they will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats on Sunday, Sept. 10 with a 1 PM start.

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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