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Men's Soccer Rolls Past Pittsburgh, 2-0
Updated: Tuesday 10/15/2013 (ET)
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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Junior Chris Albiston and sophomore Jackson Eskay each scored and redshirt freshman Mac Phillips recorded his CAA-best sixth shutout, as the William and Mary men’s soccer team topped Pittsburgh, 2-0, on Tuesday night.

William and Mary improved to 6-3-1 overall, while Pittsburgh drops to 0-7-4 on the season.

"We are very happy with the performance tonight," said head coach Chris Norris. "We were extremely efficient scoring two excellent goals. Our team defending continues to be good as well, resulting in another shutout."

Pittsburgh opened the match on the attack, earning two early corner kicks. On the second corner kick, Chris Davis was able to fire a shot, but a Tribe defender blocked it.

William and Mary had its first chance in the ninth minute. Sophomore Ryan Flesch found some space and fired a shot on target, but Pittsburgh goalkeeper Dan Lynd saved it.

The Tribe got on the scoreboard in the 24th minute. Albiston controlled a long pass from senior Will Smith and moved to the far left corner of the box. Albiston, then, rocketed a shot into far right corner of the net. The tally, which was the third of the season for Albiston, gave the Tribe a 1-0 advantage.

William and Mary held a 1-0 advantage throughout the rest of the half. The Tribe also had a 4-2 advantage in shots, including a 2-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Again, Pittsburgh recorded the first chance of the second half. In the 48th minute, Dan Prete pushed his shot wide.

The Tribe was able to double its lead in the 51st minute. Senior Roshan Patel sent a pass that found Albiston, who found Eskay with quick pass to the top of the box. Eskay was able to one-time the ball into the top-right corner of the net. The goal, which was Eskay’s team-best fourth of the season, gave the Green and Gold a 2-0 lead.

The College continued build pressure and create chances against the Pittsburgh defense in search of the third goal. Junior Josh West, Patel, and freshman Reilly Maw each put shots on frame, but Lynd was there for the saves.

William and Mary controlled the pace of play throughout the entire match. The Tribe outshot Pittsburgh 8-5, while holding a 5-1 advantage in shots on goal.

Phillips faced five shots on the evening, turning away the only one that came on frame. The Rocky Mount, Va. native earned his sixth clean sheet of the season, while lowering his goals-against-average to 0.65. Phillips, who has recorded back-to-back shutouts, has not allowed a goal in 240 minutes of game play.

The College, which has won four of its last five matches, returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 20 when they welcome defending CAA Champion Northeastern to Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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