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Pitt’s Valentin Noel earns ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors

From University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department & ACC report 

Pitt men’s soccer sophomore Valentin Noel was honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference today, earning Co-Offensive Player of the Week accolades for his performance in No. 7 Pitt’s 4-3 double overtime victory at Duke Mar. 19.

Noel joins Boston College’s Mike Suski for Offensive Player of the Week. The ACC honored BC’s Christian Garner and Alex Rando for Co-Defensive Player of the Week.

Noel scored two goals Friday night in Durham, recording an equalizer goal in the 28th minute to make it a 1-1 game and gave Pitt a 2-1 advantage in the 54th minute. It was the third time this season Noel registered two goals in a game.

The Niort, France, native has 10 goals and 22 points on the season, both of which are good for first in the ACC and second in the country. The ACC Player of the Week nod is his second of the season, previously earning Co-Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 19.

2020-21 Pitt ACC Player of the Week Honorees

  • Noel / Co-Offensive / Mar. 22, 2021
  • Noel / Co-Offensive / Oct. 19, 2020
  • Veljko Petkovic / Offensive / Oct. 12, 2020
  • Bertin Jacquesson / Co-Offensive / Sept. 28, 2020
  • Arturo Ordoñez / Defensive / Sept. 28, 2020

No. 7 Pitt returns to action Saturday, Mar. 27 at Virginia Tech. Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m. on the ACCNX.

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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