13′ | PITT STRIKES FIRST!
GOOOOAAAALLLL EDWARD KIZZA!
The sophomore nets his fourth goal of the year.
Pitt 1, #5 North Carolina 0
Pitt (1-2) vs #5 North Carolina (3-1)
Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
Duke University’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
Pitt’s men’s soccer team will open Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play against No. 5 North Carolina on Saturday, Due to ongoing construction at UNC’s soccer stadium, Saturday’s match will be played at Duke University’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.
PANTHERS LAST TIME OUT
· It’s the second straight game Pitt will be facing a team that made it to the NCAA Final Four (College Cup) a year ago, as they fell to then-ranked No. 4 Akron, 1-0, Saturday, Sept. 1 at Cub Cadet Field.
· The lone goal of the match was scored in the fifth minute by Zip sophomore David Egbo.
· The Panthers closed the match with advantages in shots (13-9) and corners (7-4).
THE SERIES – NORTH CAROLINA
· The Panthers and Tar Heels will be meeting for the sixth time in program history, with UNC owning a 5-0 all-time series edge against Pitt.
· During his time at both Wake Forest and Pitt, head coach Jay Vidovich has compiled a 9-11-6 record against North Carolina.
· In the teams’ most recent meeting in 2017, the then 10th-ranked Tar Heels earned a 2-1 win over the Panthers in Pittsburgh.
SCOUTING THE TAR HEELS
· North Carolina enters Saturday’s match with a 3-1 record, most recently earning a 2-0 win against Jacksonville Monday, Sept. 3.
· The Tar Heels finished the 2017 season with a 17-4-1 overall record, including a 6-1-1 mark against ACC competition.
· The 2017 squad would go on to advance to the Final Four of the NCAA College Cup before falling, 2-0, to Indiana.
· North Carolina is led by head coach Carlos Somoano, who enters his eighth year with the program. Somoano has compiled a 107-26-21 (.763) record during his time with the Tar Heels.
· Through four games, five different UNC players have recorded a goal. Senior Nils Bruening, junior Mauricio Pineda and sophomore’s Giovanni Montesdeoca and Alex Rose have each collected two goals apiece, while junior Jelani Pieters has added one score.
· In goal, senior James Pyle has started all four matches for the Tar Heels, recording two shutouts while collecting four saves and allowing two goals.
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 two ranked opponents this season in then-ranked No. 25 Colgate and No. 4 Akron.
· Of Pitt’s remaining 14 matches, seven teams are currently ranked in the top 25 of the United Coaches Poll, while two other squads are receiving votes.
· The Panthers will continue their road stretch as they travel to Richmond, Va., to face VCU Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at SportsBackers Stadium.