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Pittsburgh Soccer Weekly Planner: Local rivalry matches highlight start of men’s college season

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While it was a busy soccer schedule in the Pittsburgh area last week, things really start to ramp up over the course of the next week.

The men’s Division college teams are back in action beginning Thursday, when the men’s edition of the City Game game between Pitt and Duquesne returns for the second time this calendar year (if you recall, Pitt and Duquesne renewed the series during the 2020-21 extended season in February due to COVID-19).  As a double-dose of local and regional men’s soccer excitement, Robert Morris will begin its season on Thursday by hosting West Virginia at North Athletic Complex.

Pitt’s women’s team will be hosting the first game of a rare men’s and women’s doubleheader at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Thursday night (at 6 pm) when they face Cleveland State.  Robert Morris and Duquesne women’s teams look for their second wins of the season with games on Thursday (RMU  travels to St. Bonaventure) and Friday (Dukes host Valpo).

The Riverhounds are on the road this weekend (at Hartford) while Pittsburgh City United FC will play its first-ever home game, after an impressive debut last week in Maryland, winning in their UPSL debut.

There are more games on Saturday and Sunday on the college slate, highlighted by another cross-town rivalry as Duquesne and Robert Morris men’s teams will do battle at Rooney Field on Sunday night.

Pitt and West Virginia men’s soccer will continue its Backyard Brawl rivalry as the teams will clash in Morgantown on Monday evening.

Also, look for us to begin ramping up our WPIAL coverage next week, as the high school season officially kicks off on Friday, September 3.

Pittsburgh Soccer Schedule (Thursday, August 26 – Monday, August 30) 

8/26 4pm RMU M West Virginia Moon Township, Pa. North Athletic Complex
5pm RMU W St. Bonaventure Olean, N.Y.
6pm Pitt W Cleveland State Pittsburgh, Pa. Ambrose Urbanic Field
8pm Pitt M Duquesne Ambrose Urbanic Field
8pm Duquesne M Pitt Ambrose Urbanic Field (Pgh)
8/27 7pm Duquesne W Valparaiso Pittsburgh, PA Rooney Field
8/28 7pm HOUNDS at Hartford Athletic
1pm RMU W Valparaiso Moon Township, Pa. North Athletic Complex
1pm Pitt W NJIT Pittsburgh, Pa. Ambrose Urbanic Field
8/29 5pm Duquesne W West Virginia Morgantown, WV
7pm RMU M at Duquesne Pittsburgh, Pa.
7pm Duquesne M Robert Morris Rooney Field (Pgh)
6pm Pittsburgh City United FC Germantown Highmark Stadium
8/30 7pm Pitt M West Virginia Away

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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