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Pitt men’s soccer suffers 2-0 defeat to No. 1 Wake Forest

The loss was Pitt's first at Ambrose Urbanic Field this season

PittsburghPanthers.com

The Pitt men’s soccer team opened up its ACC schedule and faced its second ranked opponent of the season on Friday night, as it hosted No. 1 Wake Forest at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The result was the Panthers’ first home loss of the season, as the Demon Deacons defeated them 2-0 in their ACC opener.

Wake Forest defender Michael DeShields opened the scoring in the 34th minute with a header off of a cross from Wake Forest’s Isaiah Parente. That gave the Demon Deacons a 1-0 lead they would carry into halftime. Then, in the 53rd minute, Wake Forest forward Machop Chol eluded two defenders and beat Pitt goalkeeper Arie Ammann to put the Deacons up 2-0. The goal would go unanswered.

Although the game ended in a shutout, Pitt was not completely outclassed on the field, as both teams applied a fair amount of offensive pressure. Wake Forest led the way with 12 shots to Pitt’s nine, but both teams put four on goal. It was also a chippy affair, with 20 fouls evenly divided between the two teams.

”I think it was a bit of a boxing match in the beginning,” Pitt head coach Jay Vidovich said in a postgame interview. “It was absorbing blows and trying to get what we could. I thought we started finding our way in the game and then were punished for a mistake. We couldn’t handle the overload off a quick corner, and they found the open man with a good goal there.”

”We rebounded a little bit into the half and then just had a poor start to the second half,” Vidovich continued. “Wake Forest put us on our heels really quickly and came out with a goal. After that that we did a tremendous job. It’s always easier to play when you’re down, but I thought we did a good job with possession.”

With the loss, Pitt falls to 1-3-1 on the season and 0-1-0 in conference. Meanwhile, Wake Forest improves to 5-0-0 on the season and 1-0-0 in the ACC. Up next for Pitt is a matchup with Akron, a team that was considered one of the top five in the nation heading into the 2019 season but has since gone 0-4-0 and is now unranked. Kickoff from is scheduled for 7.p.m. ET on Monday at Ambrose Urbanic Field.