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Pitt’s Alexander Dexter named National Player of the Week

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From University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department report

Pitt senior Alexander Dexter was named College Soccer News National Player of the Week for his performance at home against Virginia last weekend.

Dexter scored the first goal of the match in the fourth minute, his fifth of the season. Dexter took a corner kick pass from sophomore Veljko Petkovic and a second pass from sophomore Raphaël Crivello and struck the back of the net for the eventual game-winning goal in the Panthers 5-0 victory over the Cavaliers.

Later in the evening, Dexter assisted freshman Luke Peperak for his first collegiate goal and second goal of the match in the 45th minute. He later assisted freshman Filip Mirkovic in the 69th minute for the fourth goal of the contest. The Brooklyn, N.Y., native finished the night with one goal and two assists.

The multi-assist game was the fifth of his career, last doing so vs. Howard October 7, 2019. Earlier this season, Dexter moved into second-place all-time in career assists with his 15th vs. Duke Nov. 15, 2020 in the ACC Championship Quarterfinal. He has 18 for his career, six back from Eric Prex’s record of 24.

In addition to National Player of the Week, Dexter was named to the College Soccer News Team of the Week, becoming the eighth Panther to be recognized this year. Dexter joins Petkovic (Oct. 11, 2020) as the second Panther this year to be named National Player of the Week.

Pitt is back in action Saturday, April 17 at Clemson in the ACC Automatic Qualifier match. The winner receives the automatic bid from the Atlantic Coast Conference. Start time is set for 7 p.m. on the ACC Network.

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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