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FINAL: Pitt 4, Virginia Tech 2

FINAL: Pitt 4, Virginia Tech 2

ACC Men’s Soccer

FINAL: Pitt 4, Virginia Tech 2

BOX SCORE | SEASON STATS

 

Match Summary

Just two minutes into the contest, sophomore Veljko Petkovic found the back of the net to put the Panthers up 1-0. Noel passed to his right, finding Löeffelsend who quickly dumped it off to Petkovic at the top of the 18-yard box for the goal.

The Hokies answered 11 minutes later, as Kristo Strickler knotted the game up at one all. After ten minutes had gone by, Noel scored his first goal of the night courtesy of Löeffelsend and Jacquesson. The Niort, France, native took a direct pass from Löeffelsend and hit the upper right hand corner of the net, putting Pitt back up one.

The score remained 2-1 at half. Both teams were tied 6-6 in shots while Pitt led in corners, 3-0.

Senior Alexander Dexter quickly extended the Pitt lead in the second half, scoring his second goal of the 2020 campaign at the 48:24 mark. Jacquesson and Löeffelsend once again passed it among each other to find the goal scorer, this time it being Dexter as the Panthers led 3-1.

With five minutes left to play, Virginia Tech made it a one score game as Strickler scored his second goal of the night, closing the gap to a 3-2 Pitt advantage. The Panthers responded with a late 89th minute goal, as Noel netted his second goal of the night courtesy of Petkovic and Jacquesson.

The Hokies finished the game with a 14-10 shot advantage and tallied five corners, compared to Pitt’s three.

Graduate student Nico Campuzano secured his third win inside the pipes for the Panthers, totaling a career-best six saves, including four in the second half.

“I thought Virginia Tech was great and they controlled too much of the game for my liking,” said Head Coach Jay Vidovich. “However, our actions to goal were class. The way we produced our goals was that of a big time team. Really excited we got the win, especially against a team like Virginia Tech. They asked a lot of questions of us tonight.”

The Panthers hit the road for a two-game road stand beginning Friday, Oct. 16 against Virginia. Start time is set for 6 PM on the ACC Network.

Gameday Updates

Look for the complete game summary here later tonight.  

FINAL | No. 2 Pitt defeats Virginia Tech, 4-2, and moves to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in ACC play on the year!

86′ | GOAL – PITT 4, VA TECH 2

85′ | GOAL – PITT 3, VA TECH 2

The Hokies get within one. Less than five minutes to play, Pitt leads 3-2.

66′ | The Panthers hold a 3-1 lead midway through the second half. Jasper Loeffelsend’s three assists on the night are tied for second most in a game in program history!

55′ | Va. Tech’s Dani Pereira fires it in to the top right from outside the box, but Pitt’s keeper Nico Campuzano makes a diving save to keep Tech off the board

49′ – PITT 3, VA TECH 1

20′ – Pitt scores! Upper 90!

8′ | GOAL !  PITT 1, VA TECH 1

Virginia Tech finds the back of the net off a header. All tied here at Ambrose Urbanic Field

2′ | Two minutes in and a score!! Veljko Petkovic scores to give the Panthers an early 1-0 lead

 

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FINAL: Pitt 3, Syracuse 2, OT

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

Pitt Athletic Department Game Notes 

THE SERIES

–          Virginia Tech leads the all-time series 5-1-4.

–          The last meeting marked the first time in program history the Panthers defeated the Hokies, a 3-1 decision at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Oct. 11, 2019.

–          Head Coach Jay Vidovich owns an all-time record of 14-5-1 against the Hokies, tied for third highest wins against any opponent in his coaching career.

SCOUTING THE HOKIES

–          Virginia Tech returns top returners from the 2019 season that saw them reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

–          Senior Kristo Strickler, who was named to the 2020 ACC Watch List, returns after leading the Hokies with 11 goals, 48 shots and four game-winning goals last year. Strickler’s 11 goals ranked sixth in the ACC in 2019.

–          Sophomore Daniel Pereira tied for third on the team in goals with five and tied for first in assists with five a season ago. He also recorded 46 shots and 21 shots on goal.

–          Goalkeeper Mathjis Swaneveld returns for his senior season, a year out from his 68 save performance in 2019. His save total led the ACC, while the Schoonhoven, Netherlands, native finished second in the league with a 3.58 saves per game mark.

–          The Hokies finished 4-4-2 away from Thompson Field in 2019.

SCOUTING THE HOKIES

–          Virginia Tech returns top returners from the 2019 season that saw them reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

JACQUESSSON PLAYS HERO AT CUSE

–          Freshman Bertin Jacquesson lifted the Panthers over Syracuse, 3-2, in double OT Tuesday, Oct. 6 with a golden goal in the 103rd minute. The score was the Frenchman’s first game-winner of his career.

–          Sophomore Veljko Petkovic recorded two goals, his first multi-score game of his career, while Jacquesson, sophomore Arturo Ordoñez and senior Alexander Dexter each tallied an assist.

DEXTER ETCHES NAME IN RECORD BOOK

–          With an assist Tuesday at Syracuse, senior Alexander Dexter is now tied for second in program history with 14 career assists.

–          The Bronx, N.Y., native is tied with Dave Reichenbach (1962-1964) and Mark Nigh (1975-78) at second, and sits 12 assists back from Eric Prex’s (1991-94) all-time record of 26 career assists.

BUILDING TOWARDS EXCELLENCE

–          With road victories at No. 5 Notre Dame and Syracuse, the Panthers begin the season 2-0 for the first time since 2010.

–          The win over Syracuse marks the first time in school history Pitt begins the ACC season 1-0. The Panthers joined the ACC in 2013.

–          It is the first time since 2002 the Panthers won their first two road games of the season.

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.

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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