ACC Men’s Soccer
FINAL: PITT 3, SYRACUSE 2
The Pitt Panthers were pushed to the limit against ACC rival Syracuse, but survived with a dramatic 3-2 win extra time at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Friday night.
Freshman midfielder Guilherme Feitosa scored the game-winner in the 109th minute of a see-saw match which the Panthers took 1-0 and 2-1 leads.
“I am very happy with the effort,” Pitt’s Head Coach Jay Vidovich said. “Particularly in the last five minutes of double-overtime where everyone pushed and showed they wanted to win the game. We found a way to win when we weren’t playing well at times but I am glad we were able to push toward the end and find our way into the back of the net.”
With the match tied a 1-1 for most of the second half, the match saw a wild finish in the final four minutes of regulation.
In the 86th minute, Bertin Jacquesson sent a cross from left to right toward the back post who found the 6-foot-2 Ordoñez for the score. Three minutes later, Syracuse drew a penalty inside the box and converted the penalty kick, sending the game into overtime at 2-2.
Syracuse wouldn’t go away, coming back each time in regulation, forcing the match into overtime by drawing a penalty — with Pitt’s Mohammad Abdulani guilty of a foul in the box — only moments after Ordonez’s header.
The Orange’s Busquets Manel converted the penalty kick in the 89th minute to send the match into overtime.
Pitt outshot the Orange 2-0 in the first overtime and had two corners to Syracuse’s zero, but the score remained the same after 10 minutes.
The Panthers controlled almost all possession in the second overtime and nearly came away with the victory in the 104th minute as junior Valentin Noel’s right foot attempt inside the six hit the post and deflected right.
With one minute left to play, the Panthers drew a corner kick. Jacquesson served it from left to right and found Feitosa from eight yards out, who headed into the back of the net for the game-winner.
Pitt’s Rodrigo Almeida opened the scoring early in the match, in the 6th minute putting back a rebound at the near post.
Syracuse (5-5-1, 1-3 ACC) responded in the 29th minute as Noah Singelmann took a cross from right to left and headed it on goal from inside the six yard box.
The score remained 1-1 at the break, with Syracuse outshooting the Panthers 6-5 while both teams totaled one corner each.
The Panthers and Orange played an even first half, with six shots for each side — however by the end of the match Pitt held the edge in shots (15-8) and corners (7-3) though the teams with even with shots on frame (4-4).
Pitt improves to 6-3 overall and they’re now 3-1 in ACC. They’ll return to action on Tuesday evening, when they face Cleveland St. in a non-conference match (7 p.m. kickoff) at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
NEWS & NOTES
– The Panthers improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Pitt scored first, improving its record to 21-0 in the past two seasons when scoring the first goal of the game.
– Pitt entered the contest with the ACC’s longest home winning streak and extended it to 14 games. Pitt is 4-0 at Ambrose Urbanic Field this season.
– Seniors Rodrigo Almeida and Arturo Ordoñez each scored in regulation, while Feitosa scored the final goal of the evening. Sophomore Bertin Jacquesson tallied two assists, including Feitosa’s game-winner.
– Pitt last played a double-overtime match Mar. 27, 2021 at Virginia Tech, winning 2-1. The Panthers last meeting between the Orange was also a 3-2 double-overtime victory on the road Oct. 6, 2020.
Pitt finished the match with a 15-8 advantage in shots and 7-3 in corner kicks. Graduate student goalkeeper Nico Campuzano recorded two saves for his 22nd career victory.
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110′ | GOLDEN GOAL – PITT WINS IT AT THE DEATH
— Pitt Men's Soccer (@Pitt_MSOC) October 2, 2021
Guilherme Feitosa delivers the game winner — great time for the freshman’s first-ever goal as a Panther. Alexander Dexter with the perfect delivery!
89′ | GOAL – SYRACUSE
86′ | GOAL – PITT
79′ | Pitt’s Arturo Ordonez is fouled as he pushes forward into final third. Free kick from Veljko Petkovic goes over bar.
64′ | Pitt’s Nico Campuzano with a diving stop to keep the game tied.
HALF – PITT 1, SYRACUSE 1
29′ – GOAL – SYRACUSE
Noah Singelmann ties the score in the 29th minute
PITT 1, SYRACUSE 1
#️⃣1️⃣1️⃣ knows how to score at home 🏠@Rodrigom26 puts No. 16 Pitt up early.
— Pitt Men's Soccer (@Pitt_MSOC) October 1, 2021
6′ | GOAL – PITT – Rodrigo Almeida
Pitt 1, Syracuse 0
Off to a hot start here at home!!! And who else Rodrigo Almeida.
His sixth of the season.
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The Panthers return home after a couple of ACC road matches over the course of the past two weeks, as they lost at Wake Forest, then came back a week later with an impressive 2-0 win against conference nemisis Clemson.
The Panthers have been dealing with some injuries — but have also seen additional players step up in a big way.
Pitt Game Notes
THE SERIES – SYRACUSE
- Saturday’s match is the 25th meeting between the two schools.
- Pitt leads the all-time series 10-9-5.
- Three of the last six meetings have ended in double-overtime, including the last outing, a 3-2 2OT victory for the Panthers in Syracuse, N.Y., Oct. 6, 2020.
- Pitt’s last tie came Sept. 27, 2019 against Syracuse on the road (1-1). Since the tie, the Panthers are 28-12-0.
- Head Coach Jay Vidovich is 3-2-1 all-time against the Orange with a 2-1-1 record while at Pitt.
SCOUTING THE ORANGE
- Syracuse enters the match 5-4-1 overall with a 1-2 mark in conference play.
- The Orange enter the contest as one of the most accurate shooting teams in the country, recording a .523 shot on goal percentage for eighth in the country and first in the ACC.
- Syracuse is sixth in the country and fourth in the league in total goals with 24. Sophomore Deandre Kerr is sixth in the nation and first in the conference with seven goals. Kerr has not played in the Orange’s last three matches, last playing vs. Louisville Sept. 17.
- Senior Colin Biros is tied for first in the ACC – and eighth in the country – with five assists. He also has two goals for the season.
PITT EARNS CRITICAL ACC WIN AT CLEMSON
- The No. 15 Panthers earned a bounce-back victory Saturday, Sept. 25 at No. 2 Clemson, defeating the Tigers 2-0 at Historic Riggs Field for their second ACC victory of the season.
- Graduate student Matt Bailey scored his first career Panther goal in the 58th minute. Junior Veljko Petkovic assisted the midfielder in the eventual game-winning goal.
- Sophomore Bertin Jacquesson scored his second goal of the season 10 minutes later, receiving a pass from fellow Frenchman Valentin Noel to put the Panthers up 2-0.
- The win came off a loss at Wake Forest the previous weekend. Pitt improved its record to 12-0 immediately following a loss dating back to 2019. The last time the Panthers fell in back-to-back games was Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, 2019.
PANTHERS TO HONOR DR. FU FRIDAY
- Freddie H. Fu, M.D., the creator of UPMC’s world-renowned sports medicine program, long-time chairman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and head team physician for Pitt’s Department of Athletics, died Friday, Sept. 24, surrounded by his loving family.
- Dr. Fu was one of the most recognized and beloved physicians in Pittsburgh and is acclaimed worldwide for his innovative research and teaching, leading to many clinical advancements in sports medicine and orthopaedic care, particularly in treating knee injuries.
BAILEY NAMED ACC OFFENSIVE POTW
- Graduate student Matt Bailey was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance at No. 2 Clemson.
- The midfielder’s game-winning goal in the 58th minute was the first of his Panther career.
- Bailey joins Veljko Petkovic (Aug. 31) as Panthers to be named ACC Offensive Player of the Week this season.
HOME TURF ADVANTAGE
- The Panthers enter the weekend with the longest home-winning streak in the ACC.
- Pitt’s 13-straight matches won at Ambrose Urbanic Field is currently the most at any home venue in the conference. Clemson previously held that title with 31-straight wins at Historic Riggs Field before Pitt defeated them 2-0 Sept. 25.
- Pitt’s last home loss came Oct. 4, 2019 against No. 20 North Carolina (2-1).
- Head Coach Jay Vidovich is 22-15-3 at home in six plus seasons at Pitt and is 13-2-1 in the past two seasons at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
- Pitt stays home for the second of three-straight, facing non-conference opponent Cleveland State Tuesday, Oct. 5.
- Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. on ACCNX.