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@Pitt_MSOC Hosts #2 Notre Dame

@Pitt_MSOC Hosts #2 Notre Dame

From University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department Report

Conference Foes Clash for 21st Time in Program History

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 PITTSBURGH – The Pitt men’s soccer team (2-5-2, 0-2-1 ACC) is set to host No. 2 Notre Dame (7-1-0, 2-1-0 ACC) Friday, Sept. 30, at Ambrose Urbanic Field in the Petersen Sports Complex. Action will get underway at 7 p.m.

 

Fans can view the match on WatchESPN/WatchESPN App via the ACC Network Extra. Live stats will be available through PittsburghPanthers.com.


THE SERIES

– The Fighting Irish hold a 14-3-3 advantage in the series

– The long-time opponents last met in 2015 at Alumni Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Pitt suffered a 5-0 loss.

– The teams first met in 1995 when both were members of the Big East. The Panthers came out with a 3-0 victory in the initial matchup.

– Pitt head coach Jay Vidovich is 0-1-0 against Notre Dame.

 PITT IS IT

LAST TIME OUT

– The Panthers return to Pittsburgh after going 1-0-1 on the road.

– Pitt last played Monday, Sept. 26, in Farmville, Va., against Longwood in non-conference action. The Panthers secured a 2-1 victory over the Lancers.

– Freshman John Fritz netted his first career goal in the 52nd minute, while senior Matt Venanzi sent in the game-winner in the 59th minute.

– Longwood’s lone goal came in the 77th minute.

– Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt made four saves through the 90 minutes.

 

SCOUTING THE IRISH

– Notre Dame comes to Pittsburgh as the No. 2 team in this week’s NSCAA Coaches’ Poll. The team was previously ranked third.

– In their last time out, the Fighting Irish upset then-ranked No. 2 Syracuse Friday, Sept. 23 at Alumni Stadium. Junior forward Jon Gallagher secured the Notre Dame win with 18 seconds remaining in the match.

– The victory marked head coach Bobby Clark’s 200th career win during his tenure with the Irish.

– Gallagher now has 15 points (six goals, three assists) on the season. His 15 points and six goals tie him for 16th in the nation, respectively.

– Close behind Gallagher is senior Brandon Aubrey who has 13 points (six goals, one assist).

– In goal, senior Chris Hubbard has made 26 saves (.867) with four shutouts.

 

NEWS & INFO

– Freshman Luca Mellor continues to lead the Panthers with six points after scoring his third goal of the season Friday, Sept. 23 at Duke.

– Venanzi (two goals) and junior Roosevelt Angulo (one goal, two assists) have four points apiece, good for second-best on the team.

– Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Mikal Outcalt has appeared in all nine games and has made 40 saves.

– Pitt’s 18-game regular season schedule is highlighted by four matchups against teams ranked in the top 20 of the NSCAA Preseason Poll in North Carolina, Notre Dame, Boston College and Virginia.

– The Panthers enter their fourth season as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

 

VIDOVICH ENTERS FIRST YEAR

– Head coach Jay Vidovich (274-126-52, 76-54-23 ACC) is in his first year at the helm of the Pitt men’s soccer program.

– Vidovich, a two-time NSCAA Coach of the Year honoree, came to Pitt after spending 21 seasons at Wake Forest, which was highlighted by capturing the 2007 NCAA championship.

– Under his regime, Wake Forest won five Atlantic Coast Conference titles, compiling a 76-52-22 mark in one of the nation’s most challenging leagues.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

– Pitt will remain in Pittsburgh for its next two games.

– The Panthers will host Saint Mary’s Monday, Oct. 3 and Boston College Friday, Oct. 7. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m.

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets including Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and more. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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