ACC Men’s Soccer
FINAL: Pitt 3, Syracuse 2, 2OT
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Freshman Bertin Jacquesson lifted No. 2 Pitt over Syracuse with a golden goal in the 103rd minute at SU Soccer Stadium Tuesday night. The victory improved the Panthers to 2-0 on the season and 1-0 in the ACC.
The winning moment for @Pitt_MSOC 🤩
Bertin Jacquesson nets the game-winner in double OT❕❕ pic.twitter.com/pN5ZQOwUXr
— ACC Network (@accnetwork) October 7, 2020
“It was a very good result on the road against a very difficult opponent in Syracuse,” said head coach Jay Vidovich. “Happy we were able to come back once again and it was a good result. Big team effort there at the end as Luis [Lara] came in at the end to help us out as we were fatiguing late, but overall great team win.”
The contest began locked at zero all, thanks to graduate student goalkeeper Nico Campuzano, who earned three saves in total in the first half, including back-to-back saves in the 17th minute. Petkovic opened the scoring in the 38th minute, receiving a cross from Jacquesson and putting Pitt up 1-0. The score remained the same at halftime.
Syracuse tied the game up, 1-1, after Hilli Goldhar headed a ball toward the right post, trickling in for a goal at the 65 minute mark. Jeorgio Kocevski earned the assist for the Orange.
Petkovic scored his second goal of the night courtesy of Dexter in the 71st minute, as Petkovic used his left foot from left to right to find the back of the net from 12 yards out. Just over a minute later, Sondre Norheim found Noah Singelmann for a goal for the Orange, tying the game back up after a minute-and-nine second lead for the Panthers. Neither team could break the tie as regulation ended knotted up at two all.
Both teams recorded nine shots and five saves after regulation.
Less than a minute into the first overtime, Syracuse’s Luther Archimede received his second yellow card of the night, earning a red and putting Putt up a man for the remainder of the game. The score stayed 2-2 after the first overtime.
Three minutes into the second overtime, senior Sito Sena took a free kick from 35 yards out. As the ball found the middle of the box, Ordoñez passed up to Jacquesson, who struck a low ball from the top of the 18 into the lower left part of the net. The golden goal gave Pitt the 3-2 victory, its first overtime victory since Nov. 10, 2019 against NC State in the ACC Championship quarterfinals.
“Arturo [Ordoñez] made a really good decision on the ball to give it back to Bertin and Bertin did a fantastic job of finishing,” said Vidovich. “Just a good heads up play from both of those guys.”
“I am very happy because we deserved this win,” said Jacquesson. “Overall we played a great team game and am proud to score the final goal for us.”
The Panthers totaled 11 shots, compared to the Orange’s nine. Pitt also led in corner kicks, 12-2, including 9-0 from the second half on.
Pitt returns home Saturday for an ACC contest against Virginia Tech. Start time is set for 7 PM on the ACCNX.
News and Notes
- Sophomore Veljko Petkovic scored the first to goals for the Panthers, recording his first multi-score game of his career.
- Jacquesson’s goal was the second in as many games. The Frenchman also earned an assist on Petkovic’s first score and now has six points in two games for the Panthers.
- Senior Alexander Dexter and sophomore Arturo Ordoñez also tallied assists on the night.
- Dexter’s assist was the 14th of his career, which is now tied for second all-time in program history with Dave Reichenbach (1962-1964) and Mark Nigh (1975-78).
- The Panthers begin the season 2-0 for the first time since 2010 and begin the season 1-0 in the ACC for the first time in school history.
106′ | GOAL – PITT – Bertin Jacquesson seals the deal with a double OT score, as Pitt defeats Syracuse 3-2
Here’s the game-winner…
93′ | RED CARD! The Orange’s Luther Archimede is sent off. Pitt now playing up a man.
90′ | END OF REGULATION – PITT 2, SYRACUSE 2
The latter part of the second half saw a bunch of stoppages in play — mostly due to hard fouls on both side. Very physical battle between the two ‘old’ Big East foes.
73′ | GOAL – SYRACUSE – Noah Singleman goes low and left and connects! The game is level again as the Orange score a goal inside the box.
71′ | GOAL – PITT – 2-1 – Add another goal for Petkovic!! The sophomore gives Pitt the 2-1 lead with his second goal of the night. Senior Alexander Dexter credited the assist
39′ – GOAL – PITT 1-0 — Veljko Petkovic
— Pitt Men's Soccer (@Pitt_MSOC) October 6, 2020
ICYMI: Head Coach Jay Vidovich speaking with @kevwheeler5 on Pitt Beyond the Script 📺
— Pitt Men's Soccer (@Pitt_MSOC) October 2, 2020
Prepping for Cuse.
— Pitt Men's Soccer (@Pitt_MSOC) October 5, 2020
University of Pittsburgh Match Notes
PANTHERS OPEN SEASON WITH TOP-FIVE WIN
– Pitt opened the regular season with a top-five, 3-1 victory at No. 5 Notre Dame on Sept. 26.
– The fourth-ranked Panthers held the Irish to five shots and used forwards Alexander Dexter and Bertin Jacquesson to pace the offense, as each scored a goal and tallied an assist.
– The victory was the second in as many years over a top-five team on the road. Pitt upset No. 1 Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., 2-0, on Oct. 18, 2019.
– The victory over Notre Dame was the first regular season opening win for Pitt since 2014.
JACQUESSON, ORDOÑEZ EARN ACC WEEKLY HONORS
– Freshman Bertin Jacquesson and sophomore Arturo Ordoñez were recognized the by ACC for their efforts against Notre Dame on Sept. 26.
– In his first career game as a Panther, Jacquesson recorded an assist on the Panthers first goal of 2020 and solidified the 3-1 victory with a goal in the 72nd minute.
– Ordoñez anchored a back line that allowed only five shots and two shots on goal.
THREE PLAYERS ON TOPDRAWERSOCCER TEAM
– Three players were named to the TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week for their performances at No. 5 Notre Dame on Sept. 26.
– Graduate Student goalkeeper Nico Campuzano earned a win in his first career start as a Panther, totaling one save and aiding a defense that allowed Notre Dame to just five shots and two shots on goal.
– Senior forward Alexander Dexter and freshman forward Bertin Jacquesson both earned spots, with each scoring a goal and recording an assist in the 3-1 victory over the Irish.
– The series is tied 9-9-5 all-time, with the last meeting ending in a 1-1 double overtime tie on Sept. 27, 2019.
– In the last five meetings, the Orange lead the series 2-1-2.
– The Panthers’ last loss to the Orange came at home on Nov. 2, 2016.
SCOUTING THE ORANGE
– Syracuse enters the weekday contest 0-0, with their regular season opener against Navy being canceled on Sept. 25.
– Noteable returners include senior forward Luther Archimede and senior defender Simon Triantafillou. Archimede tallied nine points a season ago, with four goals and an assist to his name. Archimede finished third on the Orange in shots with 31.
– Triantafillou was named to the 2020 ACC Watch List after scoring two goals and dishing out three assists last year. Triantafillou will anchor a defense that held the opposition to 194 shots in 2019, compared to the 288 the offense totaled.
– Senior Alexander Dexter is one assist away from tying Dave Reichenbach (1962-1964) and Mark Nigh (1975-78) for second most all-time in school history.
PITT RANKED NO. 2
– Pitt moved up to No. 2 in the most recent United Soccer Coaches Poll on Sept. 29.
– The number two ranking in the United Soccer Coaches Poll is the highest ranking in program history (since 1996).
– Pitt moved from number four to number two after its 3-1 victory over No. 5 Notre Dame on Sept. 26.