No. 10 Panthers draw with No. 14 Akron


Pittsburgh – Pitt, who was ranked 10th in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll, had a hard fought 3-3 draw against No. 14 Akron at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Monday night. Philip Milkovich 4 goals with 1 goal and 2 assists. Mohammad Abu al Nadi It ended with a goal and an assist.

The Panthers are currently 5-1-1 on the season, including a 2-1-1 mark against the top 15 ranked teams on the United Soccer Coaches Pole.

Pitt had an early scoring chance in the sixth minute. Bertan Jackson Stolen a through ball on the counter and sent a cross to streaking from the right side Josh Luchini A back post with a right-foot shot dragged just outside the left post.

Akron struck first at the 9:32 mark when Renat Kawsrank slid a through ball to Ryan Kingsford near the top of the box. Pushed by a converging pair of defenders, Kingsford skipped a shot by a diving Joe van der Sar to take a 1–0 lead.

Dyson Kurapia doubled Akron’s lead with A minute when he puts a right-footed shot into the bottom left edge of the net.

Pitt had another menacing scoring opportunity in the next minute as Jackson found Luchini streaking to the back post, but his diving header went well over goal.

Trailing 2–0 into the final five minutes of the half, Pitt locked in and picked up momentum with two goals in the final minutes of the half. The Panthers cut the deficit in half at the corner at the 43:46 mark as Abu al-Nadi flicked a header from Milkovich near post in his corner where he flicked a header from eight yards out to Farr his post.

Abu al-Nadi returned the favor in the final seconds of the half, finding a chip past the defense from 30 yards out by Milkovich. Milkovich scored a penalty pass with his kick his hash and shot past the charging Akron his keeper to tie the goal with his one second left in the second half.

Pitt took the first lead of the night with another set-piece goal early in the second half.This time, Milkovich found a new student noah hall With corner cross. Hall scored his first goal of his career with a header through the box into the right corner of the net.

Akron put up a great counterattack with 52nd I took advantage of the fact that the pits cannot be cleared out of the box. Zipps got back on his feet when Wan Kruji Wan Kamal slammed home Johnny Fitzgerald’s cross ball.

Pitt had most of the late-game magic with some great scoring opportunities in the final five minutes of action. After Jackson drew a foul near the top of the box, Lucas Rosa Akron keeper Mitch Butler bent the free kick around the wall and aimed it at the far post before saving a diving punch to keep the tie. Jackson added a sprint on the right flank and sent a backpost cross through the defense just beyond Sliding’s reach. Matteo Mailufor Less than 2 minutes left.

Pitt had twice as many shots as Zipps (18-9) as the contest started later than usual. The Panthers also maintained a 9–2 lead in the corners that night.


*** Pitt is currently 6-1-2 over the last two seasons against ranked opponents.
*** Pitt is currently 28-3-2 over the past four seasons at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
*** Hall’s second-half goal was the first of his college career
*** Milkovic finished his second consecutive multi-point game with one goal, two assists and four points. He currently has his eight career multi-point his game as a Panther.
*** Abu al-Nadi has a goal, an assist and 3 points in the draw.marked his first goal as a Panther and his first multi-point game