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Panthers cannot get win for seniors in last home soccer game

Panthers cannot get win for seniors in last home soccer game

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

October 25, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

On Pitt men’s soccer’s senior night, the team sent off its veteran players the same way many of them entered the program — with a tough conference loss. Pitt (5-9-3, 0-7-1 ACC) suffered a 1-0 loss at home against the Duke Blue Devils (9-6-2, 3-4-1 ACC) Saturday night, the team’s senior nigh...

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

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

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

October 20, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Uncategorized

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

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

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

October 13, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

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

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

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 29, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Pitt men’s soccer falls to Syracuse 5-0

Pitt men’s soccer falls to Syracuse 5-0

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 27, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Pitt men’s soccer team has not won a conference game — Big East or ACC — in 30 consecutive matches. The Syracuse Orange (5-2-1, 1-1-1 ACC) shut out Pitt (4-3-1, 0-3 ACC) 5-0 Friday night in Syracuse, New York. The change in competition hit the Panthers hard, as they lost a net total of 24 ...

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

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

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Pitt men’s soccer shut out by Boston College

Pitt men’s soccer shut out by Boston College

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 20, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The Panthers’ scoring drought continued Saturday night at Newton Field in Newton, Massachusetts. Pitt (3-2-1, 0-2-0 ACC) fell to Boston College (4-2-1, 1-1-0 ACC) 2-0 in its second consecutive loss to a conference opponent this season. Both teams rifled eight shots on goal and six corner attempt...

Pitt men’s soccer continues search for first ACC win at Boston College

Pitt men’s soccer continues search for first ACC win at Boston College

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 17, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt men’s soccer hasn’t won a conference game since 2011. Four years and a conference change later, the struggles continued against Wake Forest, and now Pitt will travel to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on Saturday to take on Boston College in search of its first ACC win since joining in 2013. ...

Men’s soccer prepares for Demon Deacons

Men’s soccer prepares for Demon Deacons

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 8, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

The last time Wake Forest University played the Pitt men’s soccer team in Pittsburgh, the Panthers were new members of the ACC conference. The Demon Deacons easily disposed of the Panthers in September 2013, winning 2-0, and Pitt’s ACC record worsened to 0-3. Fifteen conference games and two years later...

Pitt football schedule looks winnable but tough

Pitt football schedule looks winnable but tough

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

September 4, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

On paper, everything looks easy. And on paper, Pitt’s schedule seems deceptively easy. But it’s easy to forget that Pitt has lost at least once to each of this year’s opponents in the past three years, some losses nastier than others. But with a new coaching staff and fresh enthusiasm, the futur...

Clean sheet: Men’s soccer defense shines over weekend in interstate matchups

Clean sheet: Men’s soccer defense shines over weekend in interstate matchups

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

August 31, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Two games, two shutouts. That’s how the Pitt Panthers men’s soccer team began its regular season this past weekend during an eastern Pennsylvania road trip against Lafayette and Lehigh. The Panthers defeated the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 3-0 Sunday afternoon. Senior midfielder Patrick Dixon had two goals an...

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

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

By Joe Rokicki / Staff Writer

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

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...

Yarnall, Mersing highlight slate of Pitt baseball players in summer leagues

Yarnall, Mersing highlight slate of Pitt baseball players in summer leagues

By Joe Rokicki / For the Pitt News

August 30, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Sometimes, hitting can be contagious — Pitt first baseman Nick Yarnall hopes for his bat to catch fire with his offseason work this summer. Yarnall, who started 24 games for the Panthers last season, batting .330 with 29 hits, four home runs and 15 RBI in 88 at-bats, is playing left field, first...

Promising T.J. Zeuch appears poised to be Panthers’ ace next season

Promising T.J. Zeuch appears poised to be Panthers’ ace next season

By Joe Rokicki / For The Pitt News

June 23, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Each time a pitcher takes the mound, he’s tasked with creating a masterpiece — hurlers must paint the corners and brush back players. The strike zone is an easel.Pitt’s baseball team has an artist of its own in rising junior pitcher T.J. Zeuch. Accuracy, precision and velocity are each components of the fu...

Former Steelers bring art to Homestead

Former Steelers bring art to Homestead

By Joe Rokicki / For The Pitt News

May 28, 2015


Filed under Sports, Sports Features

For most NFL retirees, life after football is a more direct continuation of the sport — analysts, anchors and coaches all apply the knowledge obtained from their youthful days into a respective post-player genre. However, for entrepreneurial artists and former NFL players Baron Batch and John Maleck...

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