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LIVE: Pitt 1, Virginia 0, 1st

ACC Males’s Soccer

Pitt (12-2, 4-1 in ACC Spring) vs Virginia (7-7-1, 2-3 in ACC Spring)

Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 7 p.m. kickoff  | Ambrose Urbanic Area, Pittsburgh, PA

PSN Protection Crew:  Reporting by John Krysinsky

LIVE STATS | BROADCAST FEED ON ACCNX

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26′ – After a throw-in, Petkovic tries to bend one in from proper facet, but it surely sails over the submit.

24′ – Valentin Noel with nice probability from proper fringe of field — however shot goes simply extensive.

22′ – In addition to Pitt has performed in knocking it round, they’ve been most harmful forcing UVA into errors.

This time, in transition from simply inside field, Jacquesson had golden probability however took too lengthy to shoot it, and was blocked.

Early statement: Lastly watching this Pitt crew in particular person. And boy, they’re clicking on all cylinders proper now. Winds whipping round, however they’re protecting it on the bottom. Dominating possession. What a deal with to look at (to date).

11′ – UVA’s first nook — goes to far submit and Pitt’s Raphael Crivello has to avoid wasting a weak shot whereas defending the submit space.

7′ – FREE KICK PITT

Petkovic with a magnificence on the free kick, bending shot however improbable diving save by @UVAMenSoccer keeper Alex Rando!  This got here after Pitt’s Loeffelsend was fouled on fringe of field.  

3′ – GOAL – PITT 1, UVA 0

Alexander Dexter with the header — coming from second ball after nook.

Whereas Pitt wants to easily deal with enterprise, we’ll nonetheless be watching how issues go in Durham too…

Preview

No matter what occurs from this level ahead, it’s been one other exceptional season of progress for Pitt males’s soccer program underneath the route of Head Coach Jay Vidovich, in his fifth marketing campaign on the helm.  The Panthers landed within the high spot within the United Soccer Coaches ballot as soon as once more this week, because the common season involves a detailed.

For the Panthers, there’s numerous unfinished enterprise. In the beginning, they head into tonight’s robust match vs UVA searching for to win its first-ever ACC common season division crown, as they lead North Carolina by two factors with each groups enjoying at 7 p.m. tonight.  (UNC faces Duke in Durham)  A win will clinch the Coastal Division crown, and with a draw or a loss, they’ll need assistance from Duke to beat or draw their rivals.

The Panthers could have performed their greatest half of the season within the remaining 45 minutes in beating Notre Dame, 2-0, on Saturday.  Alexander Dexter and Arturo Ordonez each scored for Pitt within the victory and the defensive effort was strong, permitting only one 4 photographs and just one on body.

Pitt’s roster seems to be wholesome, as there are not any accidents to report right now they usually’re hoping to maintain the momentum going towards Virginia, who’ve at all times been a troublesome opponent.  Most not too long ago, the 2 have performed time beyond regulation video games in Charlottesville, together with an thrilling 3-2 Pitt time beyond regulation win in October which catapulted the Panthers into the highest spot within the Nationwide Rankings at the moment.  It was the primary of three time beyond regulation wins on the street for the Panthers this season.

FINAL: Pitt 3, UVA 2 (OT)

 

Pitt Sport Notes

 

PANTHERS RECLAIM NO. 1 RANKING

  • For the primary time this spring and sixth time this season, the Pitt Panthers had been named the No. 1 crew within the nation in response to the United Soccer Coaches Ballot April 6, 2021.
  • Pitt earned the primary rating for 5 weeks straight within the fall from Oct. 20 to Nov. 17.
  • The Panthers reclaimed the No. 1 spot after spending the primary 5 weeks within the top-10 through the spring marketing campaign.

THE SERIES – VIRGINIA

  • Virginia leads the all-time sequence 7-3-1.
  • The Panthers are winners of three-straight towards the Cavaliers, most not too long ago Oct. 18, 2020 through the fall season. Pitt received, 3-2, in time beyond regulation in Charlottesville off a game-winning header by Arturo Ordoñez.
  • Head Coach Jay Vidovich is 12-25-6 all-time towards Virginia.

SCOUTING THE CAVALIERS

  • Virginia enters the competition 7-7-1 total and 4-6-1 in ACC play. They maintain a 1-3-1 ledger away from Chartlottesville.
  • The Cavaliers are led offensively by sophomore Kevin Ogudugu, who has three targets and one help on the 12 months. Ogudugu has 18 photographs, 12 photographs on objective and a .667 shot on objective proportion.
  • Virginia’s midfield presence is led by senior Irakoze Donasiyano, who leads the crew in minutes performed with 1,407. He has eight photographs and three photographs on objective for the 12 months.
  • The Cavaliers enter the match third within the ACC in shot accuracy (.479) and fourth in complete targets (19) and complete factors (53).

POSTSEASON IMPLICATIONS

  • Thursday’s evening match towards Virginia holds important implications for Pitt, together with a coastal division championship and a postseason matchup with Clemson.
  • A win towards the Cavaliers clinches the Coastal Division Championship and would be the first ACC division championship in program historical past.
  • A victory additionally units up a date with Clemson April 17 for the automated qualifying bid out of the ACC. Clemson, who narrowly beat Pitt within the ACC Championship Closing in November (2-1), earned the correct to the automated qualifying recreation with the match remaining victory.

DEFENDING HOME TURF

  • The Panthers are 4-0 at dwelling this season, together with 3-0 document through the spring season.
  • All three dwelling video games through the spring season have been shutouts. Graduate scholar goalkeeper Nico Campuzano has six saves in these three video games.
  • Pitt has had 4 dwelling video games this 12 months – between the autumn and spring seasons – canceled or postponed.

ACC’S NO. 1 SCORING OFFENSE

  • Pitt enters the Virginia match with the primary scoring offense within the convention with a 2.36 targets per recreation mark, a quantity additionally good for 14th within the nation.
  • The Panthers have totaled 33 targets this season, which leads the nation. Pitt additionally leads the nation in complete factors (98) and is second in complete assists (32).
  • Pitt’s 7.00 factors per recreation mark and .554 shot accuracy rank first within the convention.
  • The Panthers have had 9 completely different objective scorers this season and have had 11 completely different gamers help a objective this 12 months.

TOPDRAWERSOCCER HONORS WASHINGTON

  • Senior Bryce Washington was acknowledged by TopDrawerSoccer.com April 6 for his efficiency in Pitt’s 2-0 victory vs. Notre Dame at dwelling.
  • Washington tallied an help on the Panthers first objective of the sport within the forty eighth minute. The help was the primary of his profession.
  • The Crew of the Week nod is the third of the season for the Atlanta, Ga., native.

UP NEXT

  • The Panthers await the ultimate outcomes from this weekend’s ACC motion for his or her subsequent recreation.
  • A win for Pitt Thursday evening mechanically qualifies them for the ACC AQ match Saturday, April 17 at Clemson at 7 PM.




John Krysinsky has lined soccer and different sports activities for a few years for numerous publications and media shops. He’s additionally creator of ‘Miracle on the Mon’ — a e book concerning the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the membership, notably the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative main as much as and centered round a exceptional match that helped present a spark for the franchise. John has lined sports activities for Pittsburgh Tribune-Evaluation, DK Pittsburgh Sports activities, Pittsburgh Sports activities Report, has served as coloration commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and labored with OPTA Stats and broadcast groups for US Open Cup and Worldwide Champions Cup matches held within the US. Krysinsky additionally served because the Head Males’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Level Park College, the place he led the Pioneers to the first-ever successful seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), affiliate head coach of Shady Aspect Academy boys (2009-2014).


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