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FINAL: No. 5 North Carolina 2, Pitt 1, 2OT

FINAL: No. 5 North Carolina 2, Pitt 1, 2OT

13′ | PITT STRIKES FIRST!

GOOOOAAAALLLL EDWARD KIZZA!

The sophomore nets his fourth goal of the year.

Pitt 1, #5 North Carolina 0

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Pitt (1-2) vs #5 North Carolina (3-1)

Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.

Duke University’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C.

LIVE STATS | WATCH | GAME NOTES

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.

UP NEXT

· 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.

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, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the United States. 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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