NEW YORK – A first half goal by Pitt was the difference-maker today as the No. 14 ranked Columbia men's soccer team dropped its first match of the season, 1-0.
With the loss, the Lions fall to 5-1-2 on the season, while the Panthers improve to 6-5.
Neither team was able to break through for much of the first half, as Columbia tallied five attempts towards the goal in the first 45 minutes. Pitt finally broke through with under five minutes to play until the half, when Alexander Dexter made a nice move around the Columbia defense and sent a chip from the left side over the head of Dylan Castanheira for the goal.
Columbia continued to fire away in the second half, but attempts by Dylan Mott, Beto Carillo, John Denis, and Arthur Bosua were all blocked by the back line of the Panthers. In total, the Lions boasted 15 shots to Pitt's seven, but only managed three shots on goal - all of which were saved by Mikal Outcalt.
Today's loss broke an unbeaten streak of 12 matches for the Lions, who ended the 2016 campaign on a five-match winning streak, and started 2017 with seven matches without a loss.
The Lions get a chance for redemption on Sunday, when Penn visits Rocco B. Commisso Soccer Stadium for a 3 p.m. contest.