Pitt and Saint Francis Settle for Scoreless Tie

Written by Ian Thomson

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Panthers and Saint Francis Red Flash battled to a scoreless tie Wednesday night in an exhibition game between the Pennsylvania rivals at Pitt’s Ambrose Urbanic Field.

Red Flash forward Mario Mastrangelo came closest to finding the net on 32 minutes when his persistence saw him bundling his way past Panthers goalkeeper Dan Lynd only for his shot to be blocked on the goal line by Kyle Braithwaite’s desperate slide.

Calvin Rezende had run amok against many of the Panthers players during his previous visit to Pittsburgh with the Michigan Bucks two months ago. Rezende’s stellar performance fueled a 5-1 Bucks win against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds Under-23 side in the United Soccer League’s PDL tournament.

Pitt kept the former University of Virginia playmaker relatively quiet on this occasion as both teams settled for a clean sheet upon which to build toward their respective non-conference schedules.

The Panthers forced some early pressure with a series of corner kicks and dangerous crosses that tested the Red Flash back line. Rezende’s Michigan teammate Francis de Vries proved to be a formidable barrier for Pitt to breach.

Saint Francis engineered another clear chance four minutes before the interval when Nicco Mastrangelo shrugged off Stephane Pierre on the left side of the penalty box before dragging his shot wide of the far post.

Pitt hosts California (Pa.) Sunday at noon in its final exhibition game. Saint Francis hosts Cleveland State 24 hours earlier.

Starting Lineups:

Pittsburgh (4-2-3-1): Dan Lynd – Andrew Wright, Kyle Braithwaite, Stephane Pierre, Matt Bischoff – Raj Kahlon, Romeo Charron – Patrick Dixon, Darcy Bloemen, Kevin Angulo – Tobias Heyman

Saint Francis (4-2-3-1): Andrew Garcia – Jonathon Otting, Francis de Vries, Jack Webber, Andrew Hajec – Pedro Neto, Brendan McGhee – Nicco Mastrangelo, Calvin Rezende, Mario Mastrangelo – Stefan Sjekloca

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