WVU Beats Pitt, 3-1

Two goals by senior Andy Wright and two assists by senior Dan Stratford led the No. 19/21 West Virginia University men's soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Pitt tonight at Founders Field.

The Mountaineers are now 7-4 on the season, 3-3 in the Big East. Sophomore Alex Erwin opened the game when he scored his first goal of his career at the 23:46 mark of the first half. WVU was awarded a corner kick taken by Stratford who shot a high cross into the middle of the box. Erwin got a head on it to give the Mountaineers an early 1-0 lead. The assist was Stratford's third of the season.

Just seven minutes later, in the 16th minute, Wright hit a low powerful ball off of assists from seniors Mike Anoia and Pat Carroll. Anoia brought the ball up the right side of the field into Carroll whose cross found Wright in front of the right post. The goal would close the half with WVU leading 2-0. Wright and Stratford then teamed up for a goal just two minutes into the second half to increase WVU's lead to three. Wright scored his second goal of the game after senior Paul Cunningham struck the ball into the box. The play found Stratford, who headed the ball to an open Wright who found the back of the net. Stratford's assist was his second of the match.

Pitt's Andy Kalas got the Panthers on the board at the 56:04 mark as senior Pat Kerr crossed a high arching ball from the left side of the field. Kalas headed a low shot past WVU goalkeeper Zach Johnson to close WVU's lead to two by a score of 3-1. The win marks the third conference victory for the Mountaineers and the first time in ten games that WVU has won or lost a match by more than one goal.

Next up, the Mountaineers will return home to play host to Georgetown on Oct. 13, for a 7 p.m. kickoff. The Hoyas hold an 8-3-0 all-time advantage over the Mountaineers. The match will be the first of three straight home matches for WVU, its longest home stint of the season. Live stats provided by Gametracker and live streaming video will be available on MSNsportsNet.com.

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