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FINAL: Pitt 1, VCU 0

FINAL: Pitt 1, VCU 0

Pitt (1-3, 0-1 ACC) vs Virginia Commonwealth (3-2, 0-0 A10)

Wednesday, Sept. 12,  11 a.m.

SportsBackers Stadium in Richmond, Va.

 

GAME UPDATES

A PITT WIN!!! The Panthers close out their road stretch on a high note as they take a 1-0 victory over the Rams!

12:34 – 60′ 60′ | Pitt subs

Dexter IN, Kizza OUT

Townsend IN, Mane OUT

Walti IN, Peperak OUT

 

12:19 – 47′ | VCU with a shot early in the second half but it’s saved by Steinbach.

12:16 – second half resumes

11:59 – halftime

11:25 – Pitt 1, VCU 0

21′ | GOAL!!! PITT leads 1-0.  Kizza nets his fifth goal of the season after a nice feed from Pimentel!

Wednesday 11 am 

Tuesday – 9:15 pm 

The Panthers and Rams were originally scheduled to face off Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at SportsBackers Stadium in Richmond, Va., but multiple lightning delays led to a rescheduling of the game.

The match is now set to be played Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 11 a.m.

FOLLOW

LIVE STATS | WATCH (ESPN+ $) | GAME NOTES

 

LAST TIME OUT

·       Pitt fell in double overtime to No. 5 North Carolina, 2-1, in its ACC opener Saturday, Sept. 8 at Koskinen Stadium on the campus of Duke University in Durham, N.C.

·       The Panthers got out to an early lead after sophomore Edward Kizza found the back of the net in the 13th minute off a feed from redshirt seniorRobby Dambrot.

·       North Carolina’s first goal didn’t come until the 73rd minute, sending the game into overtime. The Tar Heels ultimately prevailed in the match after a goal in the 109th minute gave them the 2-1 victory.

·       Kizza finished the match with a team-high three shots and one goal, while Dambrot added a shot and assist. Senior Javi Perez, sophomore Marcony Pimentel and freshman Alec Townsend also recorded one shot apiece in the match.

 

KIZZA COMMANDING ATTENTION

·       Sophomore Edward Kizza is off to a hot start in the 2018 season.

·       Coming off a freshman season in which he scored four goals, Kizza has already matched that total just four games into the 2018 slate.

·       The Kampala, Uganda native currently leads the team in shots (12), shots on goal (nine), points (eight) and goals (four).

·       Kizza netted three goals in Pitt’s second match of the season against Delaware Monday, Aug. 27, making him just the 20th player in program history to record a hat trick.

·       The sophomore’s goal in the opening minutes of the contest was also the quickest goal to start a game in school history, coming just 1:40 into the match and besting the previous record of 1:58 set in 2006.

 

SIZING UP THE 2018 SLATE

·       Pitt faces some tough competition in the 2018 season, with a schedule that includes 12 NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago.

·       The Panthers have already faced three ranked opponents this season in then-ranked No. 25 Colgate, No. 4 Akron and No. 5 North Carolina.

·       Of Pitt’s remaining 13 matches, six teams are currently ranked in the top 25 of the United Coaches Poll, while two other squads are receiving votes.

 

THE SERIES – VCU

·       The Panthers and Rams will be meeting for the first time in program history.

·       During his time at Wake Forest, head coach Jay Vidovich amassed a 5-0-1 record against VCU.

 

SCOUTING THE RAMS

·       VCU enters Tuesday’s match with a 3-2 record, most recently falling to No. 4 Indiana, 5-0, Friday, Sept. 7.

·       The Rams finished the 2017 season with a 12-7 overall record, including a 6-2 mark against A-10 competition.

·       The 2017 squad would go on to advance to the second round of the NCAA College Cup, where they would ultimately suffer defeat to Butler, 3-2.

·       VCU is led by head coach Dave Giffard, who enters his ninth season with the program. Giffard has compiled a 76-60-26 (.549) record during his time with the Rams.

·       Through five games, four different VCU players have recorded a goal. Junior Siad Haji leads the team with two goals, while redshirt seniors Joseph Gonnella and Eli Lockaby and sophomore Jared Greene have each added one score apiece.

·       In goal, sophomore Mario Sequeira has started all five matches for VCU, collecting 11 saves while allowing seven goals.

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