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Pitt men begin ACC tournament seeking another upset in rematch vs Irish

Pitt men begin ACC tournament seeking another upset in rematch vs Irish

From University of Pittsburgh athletic department report / Julie Jurich 

Pitt men’s soccer team opens the 2017 ACC Men’s Soccer Tournament Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Notre Dame. The first round is set to get underway at 7 p.m. at Alumni Stadium in Notre Dame, Ind.

 Pitt enters the tournament as the No. 10 seed and finished the regular season 8-9 overall with a 2-6 mark against conference foes. The Fighting Irish enter the first round as the No. 10 seed, finishing the regular season 9-5-2 overall and 3-3-2 in ACC play.

 HOW TO FOLLOW

– Wednesday’s game will be broadcast live on the ACC Network Extra and may be viewed on WatchESPN/WatchESPN app by clicking here.
– Live stats can be found by clicking here.
– Fans can also follow along with live updates by following Pitt men’s soccer on Twitter.

 

REMATCH OF PITT’s UPSET OF 7th RANKED IRISH ON OCT. 13

– The two teams meet for the second time in 2017 and 23rd in program history.

– Notre Dame leads the all-time series 15-4-3 with the first meeting dating back to 1995.

– In their last meeting Oct. 13, 2017, the Panthers upset the then-ranked No. 7 Irish, 1-0, on the road.

– Freshman Alexander Dexter netted his fifth goal of the season in the 52nd minute that would be enough for Pitt to hold on for the win.

– The Panthers’ victory marked the first over a top-10 opponent since the 2000 season when they upset then-ranked No. 2 St. John’s.

– Pitt reached the eight-win mark on the season for the first time since 2002 when the Panthers finished 8-9-1 overall.

– The win was the first over a conference opponent on the road since 2008 when Pitt defeated Seton Hall as members of the Big East.

– The Panthers defeated Notre Dame for the first time since 2002 when the Irish were ranked 16th. The win is Pitt’s fourth over the long-time opponent.

– The win snapped the 14-game win streak the Irish held over the Panthers.

– Head coach Jay Vidovich is 4-3-1 all-time versus Notre Dame.

 

LAST TIME OUT

– Pitt dropped a 3-0 decision to Virginia Tech Friday, Oct. 27 in the regular season finale.

– The Hokies struck first in the 22nd minute and tacked on two more goals in the second half to secure the win.

PITT IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT

– Although joining the conference in 2013, Wednesday marks just the second year that the Panthers are playing in the ACC Tournament.

– The Panthers first ACC postseason game a year ago resulted in a 4-0 loss at Syracuse.

– Pitt was the No. 12 seed in its first ACC Tournament and is the No. 10 seed this year.

SCOUTING THE IRISH

– Notre Dame finished the regular season with a 3-0 loss to No. 3 North Carolina Friday, Oct. 27.

– The Irish have not won a game since Oct. 10 when they defeated No. 24 Michigan. The Panthers their three-game win-streak Oct. 13.

– Notre Dame ranks 16th in the nation in the latest United Soccer Coaches Poll and are No. 10 in the RPI.

– Senior forward Jon Gallagher continues to lead the way for the Irish with 10 goals on the year with two assists for a team-best 22 points.

– In goal, graduate student Chris Hubbard has started and played in every game this season. Hubbard owns a 0.96 goals against average and has made 39 saves.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

– The winner of the first round game between Pitt and Notre Dame will take on the No. 2 seed North Carolina Sunday, Nov. 5. The quarterfinal match will take place in Chapel Hill, N.C., at 7 p.m.

 

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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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