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ACC Men’s Soccer

No. 25 Pitt (5-3-1, 2-2-0 ACC) vs No. 23 Clemson 

Live Stream: ACC Network HERE. | Match Stats HERE.

 

Look for updates from PSN’s Dominic Campbell, who will be at Ambrose Urbanic Field, here.

Preview / PSN Pitt Men’s Soccer Coverage

Pitt men’s soccer team has hit an unusual bump in the road, with two straight losses, and now they’ll be looking to get back on track Friday night as they welcome No. 23 Clemson to Ambrose Urbanic Field for a 8:00 pm first kick.

This is a match up of two teams that were ranked in the Top 10 at the start of the season, but each side has experienced its own struggles.

While Pitt has been without a win in its last three matches, Clemson did beat North Carolina, 1-0, last week, to improve to 2-2 in the ACC.

The most recent matches between these two sides have come with high stakes as they met in the 2020 ACC Championship game, then in 2021 NCAA Tournament Automatic Berth play in game, both won by Clemson.  Pitt took the last meeting at Clemson, 1-0, in 2021.

In fact, last year at this time, Pitt was in danger of falling to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the ACC, then they went to Clemson, and pulled off a bit win.

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THE SERIES – CLEMSON

  • This meeting marks the ninth all-time between the two programs with the Tigers owning the 6-2-0 advantage in the series.
  • The Panthers won the last matchup between the two teams last year by the score of 2-0 on the road. Bertin Jacquesson netted a goal and Valentin Noel collected the assist as Pitt collected the victory over then No. 2 Clemson.
  • The two teams have played twice in Pittsburgh with each team collecting a victory. Pitt won the last game at Ambrose Urbanic Field 2-1 in double overtime in 2018.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

  • Clemson enters Friday’s match with a 8-2 overall record and a 2-2 ACC mark after downing North Carolina 1-0 on the road Monday night. The Tigers are currently ranked No. 23 in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 Poll after opening the season as No. 1 in the poll.
  • The Tigers are being led offensively by Ousmane Sylla who has netted four goals, five assists and 13 points in eight games while Mohamed Seye has two goals, six assists and 10 points while starting all 10 matches. Isaiah Reid and Marco Garcia each have netted three goals so far this season.
  • In goal, the Tigers have two goalkeeper that have each played five games. Joseph Andema is a perfect 5-0 on the year with five cleansheets as he has made 13 saves. Trevor Manion is 3-2 with a 2.20 goals-against average.

PANTHERS RANKED FOR NCAA-LEADING 38TH STRAIGHT WEEK

  • The Pitt program has turned into a fixture in the national polls since head coach Jay Vidovich took over the program seven years.
  • Pitt is ranked No. 25 in the latest United Soccer Coaches Top-25 Poll, No. 14 in the TopDrawerSoccer Top-25 Poll and No. 23 in the College Soccer News Top-30 Poll.
  • Pitt has been ranked in all eight United Soccer Coaches Polls so far this season.
  • Overall, Pitt has been ranked for 38 straight weeks in the United Soccer Coaches Poll. It’s currently the longest ranked streak in the nation.
  • Pitt has earned a top-10 ranking in 32 of those 38 straight weeks.
  • Pitt has been ranked No. 1 in the poll for eight weeks since the poll started in 1996.

FACING RANKED OPPONENTS

  • The Panthers are no stranger to nationally ranked opponents. Pitt has played a total of five nationally ranked opponents through their first nine games of the season for the first time in program history.
  • Pitt opened the season with back-to-back wins over top-10 programs for the first time in program history as they downed No. 2 Georgetown 2-1 and No. 6 West Virginia 3-0.
  • Pitt is 4-0-1 against top-5 opponents over the last two seasons as they downed Georgeotwn (No. 2), Clemson (No. 2), Duke (No. 3) and North Carolina (No. 4) during the regular season and tied Notre Dame (No. 4) in the Elite Eight last season.
  • Overall, Pitt is 6-2-2 against nationally ranked foes over the last two seasons.
  • Over the last three seasons, Pitt owns a 10-5-2 record against ranked opponents.
  • Currently, Pitt has three more ranked opponents remaining on their regular season schedule including Friday night vs. #23 Clemson.

HOME TURF ADVANTAGE

  • The Panthers have been one of the best teams in the country on their home turf over the last four seasons as they own a 28-4-2 record at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
  • Pitt held a 19-match home winning streak from Oct. 7, 2019 to Nov. 10, 2021, which at the time was the longest streak in the ACC and second longest unbeaten streak in the nation.
  • Head coach Jay Vidovich is 34-17-4 at home in his seven seasons at Pitt.
  • Since the start of the 2019 season, Pitt has outscored its opponents 101-35 at home including a 17-7 advantage this season.
  • The Panthers win percentage (.853) at home over the past four seasons is the best in the ACC and 8th overall in the NCAA.

Home Win % Since 2019

# TEAM                  RECORD             %
1. Georgetown        35-2-5           .893
2. Missouri State     31-3-2           .889
3. New Hampshire  27-2-4            .879
4. Campbell             26-2-5           .864
5. Kentucky             32-3-5            .863
6. Washington         30-4-2            .861
Cornell                14-1-3            .861
8. Pitt                      28-4-2            .853
9. Clemson              34-5-4           .837
10. Yale                   13-2-2            .824

UP NEXT

  • Pitt returns home Monday, Oct. 10 as they welcome #10 Denver to Ambrose Urbanic Field for a 7:00 pm match. Monday’s top-25 matchup will air on ACC Network Extra.
  • Monday’s meeting will be the second between the two squads all-time with Pitt winning the lone meeting 3-2 in double overtime in 2019.

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