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Perez on the pitch: Adjusting to studies, soccer

Junior midfielder Javi Perez is one of two captains on the 2017 Pitt men's soccer team. (Photo by Jordan Mondell / Contributing Editor)

By Jordan Mondell / Contributing Editor

August 29, 2017

For Pitt midfielder Javi Perez, the atmosphere at the Petersen Sports Complex is a lot different than what he is used to. The green of the turf beneath his feet is the same, as are the meshy nets of the goals, but in Spain, soccer — correction, futbol — is a bit different. At a top collegiate lev...

Luxbacher retires after 32 seasons as Pitt men’s soccer head coach

Pitt men's soccer coach Joe Luxbacher retires after 32 years with the Panthers.  Photo courtesy of Pitt Athletics

By Dan Sostek / Sports Editor

November 3, 2015

Pitt men’s soccer head coach Joe Luxbacher is retiring after 32 years as head coach, the University announced Tuesday. Luxbacher is only the second coach in the program’s history and a two-time Big East Coach of the Year. He compiled a 224-267-69 record during his career at Pitt, highlighted by a...

Pitt men’s soccer winless in six straight following loss to Harvard

Pitt's men's soccer team fell in a 2-0 shutout against Notre Dame Friday night.  Andrew Shin | Staff Photographer

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015

Losses are piling up for the Pitt men’s soccer team. The Panthers (5-7-3, 0-5-1 ACC) dropped their third consecutive match late Tuesday afternoon, losing to the Harvard Crimson (6-4-2, 3-0 Ivy League) 3-2 in regulation. The loss also marked the Panthers second consecutive home loss to a non-conference o...

Pitt men’s soccer scoreless drought extends in loss to Cleveland State

Freshman Tobias Marshall-Heyman prepares for a strike that he would unfortunately miss.  Andrew Shin | Staff Photographer

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

October 13, 2015

To match its 24-game winless streak, the Pitt men’s soccer team has another extended drought in tow. After a 1-0 loss to the Cleveland State Vikings (5-6-1, 1-3-1 Horizon), the Panthers (5-5-3, 0-4-1 ACC) have not scored a goal in their last 264 minutes of play. Lack of conversions by his team on t...

Panthers tie Niagara after late regulation goal by Purple Eagles

Dan Lynd leaps for the save. Paulina Hagedorny | Staff Photographer

By Adam Richman / For The Pitt News

October 6, 2015

The Pitt men’s soccer team fell victim Tuesday night to a strike from a former bearer of the blue and gold. Squaring off against the Niagara Purple Eagles, the Pitt Panthers squandered a 1-0 lead with less than seven minutes remaining on a late goal by Niagara freshman Bautista Pedezert, who headed a...

Panthers beat VMI ahead of matchup with Tar Heels

Raj Kahlon prepares for a pass.  Wenhao Wu  | Staff Photographer

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

One day can make all the difference. For the Pitt men’s soccer team, it just delayed a seemingly inevitable outcome. The Pitt Panthers (5-3-1, 0-3-0 ACC) defeated the winless Virginia Military Institute Keydets (0-9) 4-0 Wednesday afternoon at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The game was originally schedul...

Men’s soccer facing two vastly different opponents this week in VMI and UNC

Tobias Marshall-Heyman braces for the ball. Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 29, 2015

Pitt men’s soccer begins a five-game homestand this week against two drastically different opponents. The sputtering Virginia Military Institute (0-8, 0-1 Big SouthConference) will visit the Panthers on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Then, on Friday, the No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels (7-0-1, 3-0-0 ACC) will v...

Men’s soccer edges out Robert Morris thanks to goal in double-overtime

Freshman Tobias Marshall-Heyman dribbles past a Robert Morris defender.

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015

The Panthers hadn’t scored in 280 minutes. In Tuesday’s game against cross-city rivals Robert Morris, senior midfielder Patrick Dixon lined up Pitt’s 12th corner kick of the night. He approached and sent a ball toward the middle of the box. A barrage of Colonials and Panthers jostled for positi...

After two futile seasons, Pitt men’s soccer still looking for first ACC victory

Heather Tennant

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015

Every loss takes a toll. Unfortunately for the Pitt men’s soccer team, it’s seen more than its fair share since moving to the ACC two seasons ago, going home winless in all 19 of its in-conference games since the switch. In his 32nd season with Pitt, head coach Joe Luxbacher knows that the path t...

Men’s Soccer: Pitt pulls away in second half, defeats Cal. U in exhibition

Men's Soccer: Pitt pulls away in second half, defeats Cal. U in exhibition

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

August 21, 2014

Unable to finish early in its second preseason game, despite controlling play, the Pitt men’s soccer team found the solution in the second half, defeating California University (Pa.).The scrimmage, a 3-0 Panther victory, took place at a rainy Ambrose Urbanic Field on Wednesday. The victory marked the sevent...

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