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Dexter’s lone goal lifts Pitt past Zips

Dexter’s lone goal lifts Pitt past Zips

By Elliott Borawski, Staff Writer

September 17, 2019

Despite thoroughly outplaying Akron throughout the contest, it took a 74th-minute strike off the left foot of junior forward Alexander Dexter for Pitt to finally gain the upper hand in a 1-0 victory.

Women’s soccer shut out by VCU, 1-0

Women’s soccer shut out by VCU, 1-0

By Dominic Campbell, Senior Staff Writer

September 13, 2019

In a game that was largely uneventful, the Pitt women’s soccer team came up short, 1-0, to VCU at Ambrose Urbanic Field Thursday night.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball sweeps through opening homestand

Weekend Sports: Volleyball sweeps through opening homestand

By Elliott Borawski, For the Pitt News

September 3, 2019

Pitt volleyball led the weekend in Pitt sports, winning all nine of its sets as it swept through the three-game Panther Challenge to begin the regular season.

Weekend Sports: West powers Panthers to perfect start

Weekend Sports: West powers Panthers to perfect start

By Stephen Thompson, Assistant Sports Editor

August 25, 2019

Men’s soccer and volleyball closed preseason action with nailbiters, while a first-year women’s soccer player earned her place in the record books on opening night.

Take 5: Major contracts and meltdowns

Take 5: Major contracts and meltdowns

By Staff

February 21, 2019

The past week has been a big one in the sports world. From a record breaking free agency deal for shortstop Manny Machado to the Steelers’ roster having a meltdown, it seems no one is safe from making the news

Take 5: Best of Pitt Athletics

Take 5: Best of Pitt Athletics

By Staff

January 23, 2019

Pitt Athletics had some highs and lows this year, but in every situation there was a player or team that stood out above the rest. This week our writers talked about their “best of” moment in Pitt athletics.

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

Panthers in the Pros: Black, Perez, Washington, McDonough

By Stephen Thompson, staff writer

January 16, 2019

With 15 varsity sports, it is expected that some Pitt alums go on to become professional athletes. While some, like former Pitt football player James Conner, are more well known, there are still Panthers from all different sports performing at the professional level.

Prince-Wright prospers in post-playing career

Prince-Wright prospers in post-playing career

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

November 28, 2018

Pitt became the place where former men's soccer player Joe Prince-Wright honed his true passion — journalism — as he earned a double-major in English writing and communication.

Duke ends Pitt men’s soccer’s historic season

Duke ends Pitt men’s soccer’s historic season

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

November 5, 2018

Coming off its first ACC tournament win in program history, Pitt men’s soccer had all the momentum it needed to upset No. 7 Duke. But after 110 minutes of scoreless play, time ran out and the Panther’s Cinderella story was ended on penalty kicks.

Kizza propels Pitt past Virginia in ACC Tournament upset

Kizza propels Pitt past Virginia in ACC Tournament upset

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018

The Pitt men’s soccer team opened ACC tournament play Wednesday night by shocking No. 6 Virginia, beating the Cavaliers 2-0 on the road and giving the Panthers their first ever ACC tournament win since joining the conference in 2013.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball’s win streak snapped at 23

Weekend Sports: Volleyball’s win streak snapped at 23

By Kate Hall, For the Pitt News

October 29, 2018

Pitt’s football team found success Saturday but it was a tough Halloweekend for the University’s other sports, with the No. 5 volleyball team suffering its first loss of the season Sunday.

Weekend Sports: Volleyball notches two ACC wins to stay unbeaten

Weekend Sports: Volleyball notches two ACC wins to stay unbeaten

By Stephen Thompson, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018

Pitt's volleyball team headlined the weekend with two record-breaking games for attendance, along with a fourth-set comeback win over No. 21 Louisville.

Column: Riverhounds strive for success as Pittsburgh’s pro soccer team

Column: Riverhounds strive for success as Pittsburgh’s pro soccer team

By Ben Zimmer, Staff Writer

October 17, 2018

As the Riverhounds prepare to host a first-round playoff game Saturday — the first home postseason game in the club’s history — their achievements shouldn’t go unnoticed. How much success will it take for soccer to be among Pittsburgh’s sources of pride?

Weekend Sports: Homecoming brings mixed results

Weekend Sports: Homecoming brings mixed results

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer

October 8, 2018

In addition to the football team's big win Saturday, several other Pitt sports teams contributed quality performances over the weekend, most notably the volleyball and soccer teams.

Weekend Sports: Pitt volleyball, softball continue dominance while soccer teams stumble

Weekend Sports: Pitt volleyball, softball continue dominance while soccer teams stumble

By Andrew Kelly, For the Pitt News

September 30, 2018

Volleyball and softball led the way for Pitt sports over the weekend, picking up two wins each. The Panthers’ soccer teams, meanwhile, didn’t fare so well.

Volleyball picks up the slack for Pitt sports over weekend

Volleyball picks up the slack for Pitt sports over weekend

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

September 24, 2018

While Pitt's soccer teams didn’t fare so well, volleyball picked up the slack by sweeping Virginia Tech for the Panthers' 13th straight win.

Men’s soccer tops Detroit Mercy, 2-0, in second straight win

Men’s soccer tops Detroit Mercy, 2-0, in second straight win

By Dominic Campbell, Staff Writer

September 19, 2018

The Pitt men’s soccer team scored two quick second-half goals to win 2-0 against the Detroit Mercy Titans Tuesday night at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

Weekend recap: Volleyball, softball teams pick up two wins apiece

Weekend recap: Volleyball, softball teams pick up two wins apiece

By Griffin Floyd, For the Pitt News

September 16, 2018

Pitt’s sports teams represented the University well over the weekend, going a combined 4-1.

Weekend Recap: Volleyball stays unbeaten, men’s soccer falls in nail-biter

Weekend Recap: Volleyball stays unbeaten, men’s soccer falls in nail-biter

By Stephen Thompson, For the Pitt News

September 10, 2018

Panther teams faced off against a stacked lineup of nationally ranked teams in volleyball, soccer and cross country over the weekend, achieving mixed results.

Panther Spotlight: Kayla Lund, Edward Kizza, Anna Rico

Panther Spotlight: Kayla Lund, Edward Kizza, Anna Rico

By Trent Leonard, Sports Editor

August 28, 2018

Although the fall sports season is barely a week old, several Panthers have already begun to establish themselves as playmakers on their respective teams.

Weekend Recap: Women’s volleyball, soccer teams roll through opening weekend

Weekend Recap: Women’s volleyball, soccer teams roll through opening weekend

By Tessa Sayers, Staff Writer

August 27, 2018

The first weekend back for students proved to be a successful one for Pitt sports. While the men's soccer team dropped its season opener, the women's volleyball and soccer teams picked up the slack by going undefeated through the opening weekend of the fall sports' season. Volleyball Pitt volleyb...

France wins World Cup

France wins World Cup

By Ben Zimmer, For The Pitt News

July 18, 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup came to a close Sunday as France defeated Croatia 4-2 to claim its second World Cup trophy.

World Cup recap: France makes finals, Germany goes under

World Cup recap: France makes finals, Germany goes under

By Ben Zimmer | For The Pitt News

July 11, 2018

The 2018 FIFA World Cup has been the stage for major upsets and shock performances, which have many considering it as one of the most dramatic to have ever occurred. With Croatia and England playing in the second semi-final Wednesday, the world is looking toward which unlikely team will face France — ...

World Cup recap: Brazil struggles, England and Belgium impress

World Cup recap: Brazil struggles, England and Belgium impress

By Trent Leonard | Senior Staff Writer

June 27, 2018

Since the FIFA World Cup kicked off in Russia June 14, there have been a number of surprising and exciting results — as expected from such a high-stakes global competition. Between upsets, underachieving squads and tournament favorites, here’s a recap of the most pertinent storylines of the World Cup thu...

Column: Group by Group World Cup Preview

Column: Group by Group World Cup Preview

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

June 6, 2018

The 2018 World Cup isn’t a priority for most Americans since the United States failed to qualify for the competition, but this year’s games have the potential to be one of the most entertaining tournaments in years. The tournament — hosted in Russia this year — kicks off June 14 at 11 a.m. with t...

Pre-season preparation: Volleyball and soccer teams train in the offseason

Pre-season preparation: Volleyball and soccer teams train in the offseason

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018

The beginning of summer sounds like freedom for many Pitt students. But for student athletes, it is just the beginning of a long grind that will continue from now until the end of their season. For the women’s volleyball and men’s soccer teams, there are a few athletes who will stay on campus...

Four Pitt men’s soccer players earn all-ACC honors

Four Pitt men’s soccer players earn all-ACC honors

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

November 8, 2017

For the first time since joining the conference in 2013, the Pitt men’s soccer team received four individual all-ACC honors Tuesday, according to the league. The ACC selected junior midfielder Javi Perez for the Second Team, while selecting senior defenseman Pol Planellas to the Third Team. In ...

Weekend sports: volleyball splits matches, while men’s soccer faces shut out

Weekend sports: volleyball splits matches, while men’s soccer faces shut out

By Kait French | Staff Writer

October 30, 2017

This weekend was cold and rainy in Pittsburgh, but it didn’t stop the Panthers from taking to the field, pitch and pool in heated competition. While football conquered their second ACC team in a row, and swimming and diving made waves, men’s soccer faltered and cross country didn’t quite lead t...

Zips hold Panthers to nil, 3-0

Zips hold Panthers to nil, 3-0

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

October 25, 2017

The Pitt men’s soccer team couldn’t manage a single goal Tuesday night, dropping a match to their out-of-conference neighbor to the west, No. 14 Akron, 3-0. The Panthers (8-8-0, 2-5-0 ACC) couldn’t keep up with the Zips (11-3-1, 2-1 MAC) in their second-to-last game of the regular season on...

Weekend sports: Panther soccer falters, while swimming and diving make a splash

Weekend sports: Panther soccer falters, while swimming and diving make a splash

By Kait French | Staff Writer

October 23, 2017

Swimming and diving The Panthers opened their home season this weekend as they hosted Virginia and Louisiana State in a two-day tri-meet at Trees Pool. The weekend opened up Friday with the divers taking to their boards to start off the meet. Senior diver Meme Sharp took fourth place on the 3...

Weekend sports: volleyball, men’s soccer grab ACC wins

Weekend sports: volleyball, men’s soccer grab ACC wins

By Kait French | Staff Writer

October 15, 2017

Though it was the celebration of homecoming, many Panthers were on the road this weekend. Taking on teams from Boston to Louisville, many of Pitt’s teams fared well over the weekend — topping ranked teams and continuing streaks — though some struggled against top opponents. Men’s Soccer ...

Pitt mens soccer edges out PSU in overtime, 3-2

Pitt mens soccer edges out PSU in overtime, 3-2

By Trent Leonard / For The Pitt News

October 10, 2017

Coming off of a tough loss against No. 16 Duke last Friday, Pitt men’s soccer was looking for a revival. In a tense matchup against in-state rival Penn State Tuesday at Ambrose Urbanic Field, they found just that. Pitt (7-6-0, 1-4 ACC) edged out Penn State (2-8-2, 0-5 Big 10) in a heart-pounding ...

Men’s soccer defeats no. 14 Columbia, 1-0, improves to winning record

Men’s soccer defeats no. 14 Columbia, 1-0, improves to winning record

By Grant Burgman | Staff Writer

October 4, 2017

The Pitt men’s soccer team won their second consecutive game against a ranked opponent on Tuesday night. The Panthers (6-5-0) shut out No. 14 Columbia 1-0, handing the Lions (5-1-2) their first loss of the season. The game was Pitt’s third win in a row after last week’s big wins over West Vir...

Men’s soccer shows progress, but faces tough competition ahead

Men’s soccer shows progress, but faces tough competition ahead

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

October 3, 2017

When Pitt men’s soccer beat No. 21 Syracuse 2-1 at home on Friday, it was a historic win. The Panthers recorded their first ever ACC win since joining the conference in 2013. Then, they doubled down Tuesday, snagging a 1-0 win against another ranked team —  No. 14 Columbia. These wins are a s...

Panthers dominate the pitch, court, trail in weekend sports

Panthers dominate the pitch, court, trail in weekend sports

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

October 1, 2017

For Pitt’s varsity athletics, the weekend ended with results ranging from historic to dismal. The men’s soccer team set the tone going into the weekend on Friday night, recording the team’s first ACC win since joining the conference in 2013. While cross country had standout performances and ...

Panthers maul Mountaineers, 7-0, in highest-scoring game since 1998

Panthers maul Mountaineers, 7-0, in highest-scoring game since 1998

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

September 27, 2017

Pitt men’s soccer snapped West Virginia’s 10-game Backyard Brawl unbeaten streak, dominating the Mountaineers 7-0 in the Panthers’ highest scoring game since 1998. The Panthers (4-5-0, 0-3-0 ACC) held the momentum all night against their rival Mountaineers (6-2-2, 0-0-0 Big 12) on Tuesday at P...

Pitt men’s soccer conquers Western Pa. foe RMU, 2-1

Pitt men’s soccer conquers Western Pa. foe RMU, 2-1

By Kaitlyn French | Staff Writer

September 20, 2017

Outfitted in butterscotch-yellow jerseys, Pitt men’s soccer (2-4-0, 0-1-0 ACC) took to Ambrose Urbanic Field Tuesday to defeat Western Pennsylvania neighbor Robert Morris (0-6-1).   Led by goals from first-year forward Colin Brezniak and junior midfielder Joshua Gaspari, the Panthers controlled...

Panthers stampede, hit kills, save goals in weekend sports

Panthers stampede, hit kills, save goals in weekend sports

By Brandon Glass | For The Pitt News

September 17, 2017

It was a busy weekend in Pitt sports, as varsity teams traveled near and far to take on fearsome foes in competition. Though it was a rough trip to North Carolina for both the men’s and women’s soccer teams, the men’s cross country team trampled over the competition and women’s volleyball ac...

Not just football: volleyball, cross country, soccer compete over weekend

Not just football: volleyball, cross country, soccer compete over weekend

By David Leftwich | Senior Staff Writer

September 11, 2017

While most Panther fans focused on the football team’s 33-14 loss to Penn State Saturday, Sept. 9, four other Pitt sports teams were in action this weekend. The women’s soccer team and the men’s soccer team suffered close defeats while the women’s cross country team and the volleyball team...

GALLERY: Pitt Women’s Soccer vs. Kent State

GALLERY: Pitt Women’s Soccer vs. Kent State

By John Hamilton | Staff Photographer

September 11, 2016

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

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

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...

Men’s Soccer vs. Virginia Tech

Men’s Soccer vs. Virginia Tech

By Meghan Sunners | Senior Staff Photographer

October 11, 2015

World’s worst soccer team finally scores shot at World Cup

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

March 24, 2015

Exciting things are happening in Bhutan.Its national soccer team won a game.This may not typically be world news, as countless international and club soccer teams play and win games every day, but Bhutan’s national soccer team — ranked No. 209, out of 209, in the world — beat Sri Lanka on March 1...

Varsity, club, intramural soccer thrive at Pitt

Varsity, club, intramural soccer thrive at Pitt

By Lauren Rosenblatt / Staff Writer

January 21, 2015

Allison Combs looks contemplatively at the grass. Her thoughts whirl as she tries to focus her eyes beyond the ground in front of her. She inhales, steps back and lets it fly. The ball goes soaring through the air.Rewind to 1863, and see the same scene unfolding: the game of soccer.Although the idea ...

Panthers secure first ever ACC win thanks to Arvas’ goal

Panthers secure first ever ACC win thanks to Arvas’ goal

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

September 28, 2014

Pitt head coach Greg Miller and his Panthers can go to sleep tonight knowing they accomplished something that no other Pitt women’s soccer team has done in the past.Pitt capped off its two-game road stint on Sunday with a 1-0 victory over the Syracuse Orange at SU Soccer Stadium, giving the program i...

Panthers surrender late equalizer in drama-filled draw

Panthers surrender late equalizer in drama-filled draw

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 23, 2014

Despite an impressive second-half performance, Pitt was unable to get past Niagara in a disappointing and controversial ending and only managed a draw for its effort.Unable to decide the game in regulation for the third straight game, the Panthers and Purple Eagles went into sudden-death overtime, in ...

Panthers open three game series at home after loss

Panthers open three game series at home after loss

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 16, 2014

After facing the nation’s best team over the weekend, midfielder Brandon Kolczynski and the rest of the Pitt men’s soccer team will be happy to return home for three games following a tough road trip to North Carolina and the now top-ranked Tar Heels.But that does not mean that they will overlook ...

Prince-Wright finds new career after soccer

Prince-Wright finds new career after soccer

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 12, 2014

Joe Prince-Wright is one of Pitt’s most well-known soccer alumni. Earning 31 caps in head coach Joe Luxbacher’s midfield, he graduated in 2011 in four years with a degree in English writing and communications. While at Pitt, he also earned experience in his field, interning at Root Sports, ESPN Radio Pit...

Lynd, team look to build on shutout in season opener

Lynd, team look to build on shutout in season opener

By Mark Powell / Staff Writer

September 4, 2014

Goalkeeper Dan Lynd knows the momentum swing a shutout can provide.After Lynd, a junior, blanked Presbyterian Saturday, he and the rest of the Pitt men’s soccer team look to improve upon their impressive regular season opener as they travel to Virginia to take on William and Mary and Longwood in their...

U.S. Soccer youth movement is a relief

U.S. Soccer youth movement is a relief

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

September 3, 2014

A change was evident from the last time the U.S. men’s soccer team played.Only two starters, Fabian Johnson and Alejandro Bedoya, from the World Cup squad that lost to Belgium in a dramatic fashion in July, began their Wednesday night on the field of the Generali Arena in Prague to face the Czech nationa...

Casual American soccer fans need British dynasties

Casual American soccer fans need British dynasties

By Chris Puzia / Assistant Sports Editor

September 2, 2014

This summer’s FIFA World Cup Brazil inspired some Americans to become more invested in rooting for professional soccer worldwide.Now, at the beginning of the English 2014-2015 Barclays Premier League season, that newfound fandom comes in at an interesting time: There is no dominant dynastic team, an...

Feature: Recent graduates experience the beautiful game in Brazil

Feature: Recent graduates experience the beautiful game in Brazil

By Jasper Wilson / Sports Editor

July 1, 2014

As he watched ESPN’s coverage of the World Cup last week from home, John Bates recalled what his life was like only a short time ago. The network’s aerial coverage of Rio de Janeiro showed Copacabana Beach, the iconic stretch of sand where the channel had its studios for the tournament. “I wa...

20 years later, soccer’s progress in U.S. almost unfathomable

By Linda Robertson / MCT Campus

May 27, 2014

Before he became the guitar-playing, ginger-bearded face of American soccer, Alexi Lalas was just another guy on an airplane, making small talk with a fellow passenger.“I remember I was on my way to the 1994 World Cup opener, and this older lady asked me what I did for a living, and I said, ‘I play...

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