From University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department report / Kelly Dumrauf
With just over a month until the beginning of the 2019 campaign, head coach Randy Waldrum has announced the slate for the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer program.
The Panthers will take part in 18 regular season games, in addition to two exhibition contests, with five home ACC battles and five road ACC meetings. Pitt will face some tough tests, taking part in five games against opponents ranked in the top 25 of the final United Soccer Coaches Poll of the 2018 season, including seven receiving votes. Pitt will meet 10 of the nation’s top 100 RPI teams from last year.
There won’t be any matches against other close by schools, thus for the first time in a number of years, Pitt won’t play either Duquesne or Robert Morris.
Exhibitions get underway Aug. 15 as the Panthers host Delaware at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The Panthers will take part in the final exhibition contest of the 2019 season on Aug. 18, traveling to Kent State for a 4 p.m. tilt.
The regular season gets started Aug. 23 in Pittsburgh as Waldrum and the Panthers host Loyola Marymount at 7 p.m. Pitt will hit the road for three straight traveling to Bucknell (Aug. 25), Dartmouth (Aug. 30) and UMass (Sept. 1).
The Panthers return home in early September, welcoming Rhode Island Sept. 6 at 5 p.m., before meetings with Saint Joseph’s Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. and VCU Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.
The non-conference slate will come to an end Sept. 15 when Pitt travels to Liberty for a 1 p.m. contest.
The ever-challenging ACC season gets underway Sept. 20 at Ambrose Urbanic Field when Pitt welcomes Syracuse for a 7 p.m. meeting. The Panthers will take on three-straight ACC opponents on the road the following week, heading to Notre Dame (Sept. 26), Miami (Sept. 29) and reigning College Cup champion Florida State (Oct. 5).
Pitt returns home for three ACC battles, hosting Boston College Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. before a 1 p.m. meeting with national powerhouse North Carolina on Oct. 13. The Panthers will close out the home stand Oct. 19, welcoming NC State at 7 p.m.
The road portion of the 2019 regular season will conclude the following week when the Panthers travel to Wake Forest (Oct. 24) and Clemson (Oct. 27).
The final game of the 2019 regular season is set for Oct. 31 at Ambrose Urbanic Field as the Panthers welcome Virginia Tech at 7 p.m.
With the announcement of the schedule, Pitt’s athletic department can provide more information by visiting www.pittsburghpanthers.com