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Pitt men’s soccer to participate in Spring College Cup at Wake Forest

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Pitt men’s soccer team will participate in the 2022 Spring College Cup at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., this April with 10 teams competing in the premier event.

Of the 10 teams, seven including Pitt are Atlantic Coast Conference programs including Wake Forest, North Carolina, Virginia, NC State, Virginia Tech, Duke and Clemson. Big Ten program Maryland as well as Big East school Georgetown will also be competing.

Together, these 10 programs over the last four seasons have combined to earn 30 NCAA Tournaments bids, eight College Cup appearances and three National Championships. Clemson most recently won the National Championship in December, while Georgetown won it all in 2019 and Maryland in 2018.

Format

Each program will participate in three matches in league play prior to arriving in Winston-Salem for the final event. Pitt’s full spring schedule will be released in February.  Note: Pitt’s Head Coach Jay Vidovich also confirmed with Pittsburgh Soccer Now in December that the Panthers also plan to play a friendly against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC.

At the end of the three league matches, the finals matches at Spry Stadium will be determined with the 10 programs being seeded. Shuffling amongst the seeds can be done if a repeat opponent is scheduled.

On Sunday, April 10, the tentative schedule is as follow:

  • Match 1: Spry Soccer Stadium (12 p.m.)
  • Match 2: Spry Training Field 2 (12 p.m.)
  • Match 3: Spry Training Field 1 (2:15 p.m.)
  • Match 4: Spry Soccer Stadium (4:30 p.m.)
  • Match 5: Spry Training Field 2 (4:30 p.m.)

Rules

The game clock will count up to 90 minutes with official time being kept on the field. There will be no added time and no re-entry per half.

Three points will be awarded for a win in regulation. If matches remain tied after 90 minutes, the opponents will go directly into penalty kicks with the winning team earning two points and the losing side being awarded one point.

*Wake Forest contributed to this release

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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