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Pitt men’s soccer announces Fall 2020 schedule

Pitt men’s soccer announces Fall 2020 schedule

Pitt men’s soccer team, in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), announced its fall schedule Friday morning. All game times are slated for 7 p.m.

To hear more from Pitt’s Head Coach Jay Vidovich on the Fall schedule and more, check out our featured interview with him from a few weeks ago.

Coaches Corner: Pitt men’s soccer head coach Jay Vidovich

The Panthers kick off the season at Wake Forest for an exhibition match Sunday, Sept. 13.

Pitt opens the regular season at home against Louisville Saturday, Sept. 19. The Panthers then hit the road for consecutive contests at Notre Dame (Saturday, Sept. 26) and at Syracuse (Saturday, Oct. 3).

The Panthers return home to play Virginia Tech Saturday, Oct. 10, then travel to Charlottesville, Va., for a road contest against Virginia Friday, Oct. 16. Pitt travels to Louisville (Friday, Oct. 23) for its final road match of the fall.

Pitt concludes the season with two straight home matches, beginning with Notre Dame Friday, Oct. 30 and Syracuse Friday, Nov. 6.

The conference announced the alignment of two regions. Each school will play each division opponent once, plus one region home-and-home. The regions are aligned as followed:

North Region: Louisville, Notre Dame, Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech.
South Region: Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest.

The ACC Tournament begins Sunday, Nov. 15 at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C., with the top four teams from each region advancing. The tourney concludes with the championship match on Sunday, Nov. 22.

The Panthers play all their home matches at Ambrose Urbanic Stadium, part of the Petersen Sports Complex.

Schedule Notes

  • Pitt revisits Virginia for the first time since it upset the No. 1 Cavaliers, 2-0, on the road Oct. 19, 2019. The 2-0 victory was the first time the Panthers upset a No. 1 team in program history.
  • The Panthers went 2-1-1 against the same competition in 2019, with both wins coming against Virginia and Virginia Tech.
  • The match against Wake Forest will be the third time head coach Jay Vidovich will face the Demon Deacons. Coach Vidovich, in his fifth year with the Panthers, won a National Championship with Wake Forest in 2007 and captured five ACC titles in 21 seasons in Winston-Salem.

The University of Pittsburgh was recently informed that fans will not be able to attend the Panthers’ games at Ambrose Urbanic Field during the month of September.

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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