The Pitt men’s soccer team posted back-to-back shutouts last week, with a 1-0 result against Akron on Monday and a 2-0 win over Boston College on Friday. The latter evened the team’s ACC record out to 1-1-0, and after Pitt’s impressive display, two Panthers were named to the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week.
The two honorees played key roles in both of Pitt’s recent shutouts, as one recorded a clean sheet in both games and the other provided support on the opposite end of the pitch, scoring once in both games.
Pitt goalkeeper Arie Ammann, who was in goal for Pitt against both Akron and Boston College, did not allow a single goal in either game. In addition, he came up with four saves in each game, bringing his total on the season up to a team-high 11 saves.
Ammann’s efforts were complemented by those of Pitt forward Alexander Dexter, who came off the bench late in both games and provided the Panthers with a spark.
Against Akron, Dexter came on in the 71st minute in place of Edward Kizza and found a way to score a game-winner within five minutes. He found himself with a chance on the left side of the box in the 75th minute and promptly knocked a shot past Akron goalkeeper Tor Saunders for the win.
In the Boston College matchup, Dexter once again came up big late, as he entered the game in the 75th minute and converted a prime chance created by Pitt midfielder Veljko Petkovic into an 86th-minute insurance goal. Petkovic lofted a pass from midfield to the penalty box that found Dexter. Dexter then chipped a shot over Boston College goalkeeper Giacomo Piccardo’s head for his second goal of the season and the 10th of his career.
Despite putting on two solid showings in a row, Dexter was only included on the Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week as an honorable mention. Ammann got full Team of the Week honors and was the only ACC player to do so.