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Pitt’s Matt Bailey Named ACC Offensive Player of the Week

Graduate student midfielder Matt Bailey was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance at No. 2 Clemson Saturday, Sept. 25.

The Kent Island, Md., native scored his first career Panther goal in the 58th minute against the Tigers. The midfielder received a pass from junior Veljko Petkovic down the left sideline and drove a low right-footed strike toward the back post, ultimately finding the net as the ball went passed the outstretched gloves of the opposing goalkeeper.

Bailey’s goal proved to be the game-winner in Pitt’s 2-0 defeat of Clemson on the road. The win at Historic Riggs Field snapped a 31 match home winning streak for the Tigers. The victory was the second top-five win of the season for Pitt, recently defeating No. 4 North Carolina at home Sept. 10.

A transfer from UMBC, Bailey’s Pitt career numbers include one goal, two assists and five shots on goal in 35 career games played.

Bailey appeared in 17 matches with the Panthers in 2019, starting nine times and has been an important part of Head Coach Jay Vidovich’s midfield rotation.  In the 2020 fall campaign, he made two starts and a bunch of off-the-bench appearances  The 5-foot-7 Bailey can plug in as a pacey winger or an attacking mid, and is a danger on the ball. In total, he had 14 appearances, starting three times during Pitt’s remarkable 2020-21 campaign.

We featured Bailey earlier this calendar year on Pittsburgh Soccer Now.

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He is the second Panther to be named ACC Offensive Player of the Week this season, joining Petkovic, who earned the award Aug. 31.

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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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