GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Monmouth University men were eliminated from the NCAA Division I tournament, falling to No. 2 Pittsburgh in the second round, 6-1, Sunday night.
Pitt (14-3-0) will next play Central Florida at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Thursday at 3 p.m. The Hawks finished at 6-3-1.
“Full credit to Pitt and their coaching staff,” Monmouth head coach Robert McCourt said. “They have an outstanding program. Our players will be disappointed tonight, as they are true competitors, but it has been a fantastic run. Tonight, we just ran out of gas. When our players look back on this season they will be as proud of this season and me and my staff are of them. It really has been an amazing journey!”
The Panthers scored two goals in the first half and another four in the second half to advance to the Sweet 16.
Valentin Noel tallied for Pitt in the 25th minute, taking a pass from Raphaël Crivello and chipping the ball from left to right for the goal.
Senior Bryce Washington put the Panthers up 2-0 in the 39th minute. Washington received a corner kick cross from Veljko Petkovic and headed it in for his fourth of the season.
Six minutes into the second half, senior Alexander Dexter put Pitt up 3-0, collecting a deflected shot by Petkovic and finding the back of the net for his sixth this season. The Panthers increased their lead to four goals in the 57th minute, as freshman Bertin Jacquesson attempted a cross inside the 18, only for it to be deflected off a Monmouth defender for an own goal.
In the 71st minute, junior Rodrigo Almeida scored his first goal of the year to give Pitt a 5-0 lead. Graduate student Jasper Löeffelsend earned his eighth assist of the season on the score.
The Hawks scored its lone goal in the 77th minute, as Julian Gomez converted a penalty kick.
The Panthers added one more score in the 88th minute with a penalty kick of their own, as senior Sito Sena converted the PK for his first goal of the season.