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FINAL: Pitt 2, Virginia 0 (ACC Championship, 1st Round)





9:05 pm – MATCH OVER – PITT WINS 2-0!

It’s the first-ever ACC tournament victory for the Panthers, who will now move on to play Duke in the quarterfinal round on Sunday.

Kizza scores his 14th and 15th goals of the season.

8:48 pm – GOAL – Pitt leads 2-0,

It’s Kizza again in the 79th minute.

8:20 pm – GOAL – Pitt leads 1-0.

In the second half, Edward Kizza gave Pitt the lead on this goal.




Ending its regular season on Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Notre Dame, Pitt will be seeded 11th in the 12-team ACC men’s soccer tournament that begins Wednesday.

Despite many close losses to ranked opponents this year, senior captain Javi Perez believes the Panthers can make some noise in North Carolina.

“We feel like the ACC tournament is a new chapter. This is a new mentality,  and a fresh mind. We’re gonna walk in with a winning mentality and trying to win every game,” Perez told PSN’s Mark Goodman on Saturday after the loss to Notre Dame. “But we have to focus on the first round first.”

Coach Jay Vidovich concurred and said “We’ve had a couple letdowns this season. But we’ve also gone toe-to-toe with some very good teams. And we haven’t been able to take that next step against teams. We’ve gotten in a nice fight with some people and punched them in the face, but eventually we got knocked out. I think that we’re battle ready, and that’s what you have to be going into the ACC tournament.”

The Panthers [7-10-0, 2-6-0 ACC] will face the Cavaliers [9-2-3, 3-2-2 ACC] in the first round of the tournament, with the winner facing No. 3 seed Duke in the quarterfinals Sunday, Nov. 4 at 1 p.m.

Pitt and Virginia met earlier this season, with the then-ranked No. 11 Cavaliers earning a 2-0 win over the Panthers Friday, Sept. 28 at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

Wednesday’s game will mark just the third trip to the tournament for Pitt since joining the conference.

See bottom of the page for the full ACC Championship schedule.


2018 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship
Wednesday, October 31 (Campus Sites)
Match 1 – #9 Boston College at #8 NC State, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 2 – #12 Clemson at #5 Notre Dame, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 3 – #11 Pitt at #6 Virginia, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 4 – #10 Syracuse at #7 Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

Sunday, November 4 (Campus Sites)
Match 5 – Match 1 Winner at #1 Wake Forest, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 6 – Match 2 Winner at #4 Louisville, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 7 – Match 3 Winner at #3 Duke, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 8 – Match 4 Winner at #2 North Carolina, 1 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

Wednesday, November 7 (Campus Sites)
Match 9 – Match 5 Winner vs. Match 6 Winner, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)
Match 10 – Match 7 Winner vs. Match 8 Winner, 7 p.m. (ACC Network Extra)

Sunday, November 11 (Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, N.C.)
Match 11 (ACC Championship Game) – Match 9 Winner vs. Match 10 Winner, Noon (ESPNU)

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for 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 US. 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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