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NCAA Men’s Soccer 

No. 25 Pitt (5-3-2, 2-2-1 ACC)

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No. 10 Denver (7-2-3, 2-0-1 Summit League)

October 10, 2022  |  7 p.m.  |  Ambrose Urbanic Field

Live Stream:  ACC Network Extra HERE  |  Match Stats HERE

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The beat goes on for No. 25 Pitt men’s soccer team as returns home Monday night to face yet another ranked side, as No. 10 Denver comes to town for a non-conference showdown at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Monday’s match.

In non-conference matches this season, the Panthers have already faced three ranked opponents (Georgetown, WVU and Akron), and with this match and the looming showdown with crosstown Duquesne, they’ll have two more.

Pitt has been without a win since mid-September, as they’re currently mounting a four-match winless streak, with its last result coming Friday when they rallied for a second half equalizer to level No. 23 Clemson at Ambrose.

There’s a distinct possibility that the Panthers could drop out of the United Soccer Coaches poll if they fell short on Monday.

Head Coach Jay Vidovich was encouraged by his team’s second half effort, as they had their backs against the wall on Friday night against Clemson, but stayed on the front foot to close out the match.

“Think we had three, four better than half chances in the first half and then their only looks came off the two corner kicks. Second half, six minutes we draw blood and I thought we had a great run of the game. There was one, two spells where they had it, but otherwise I thought we were in control of the game.”

While Pitt’s relied on veteran leaders this season including Valentin Noel, Bertin Jacquesson, Filip Mirkovic and Jackson Walti, former Deer Lakes standout Michael Sullivan made his third start and played his first, full-90 minute match this season on Friday, as he generated a couple of shot opportunities.

No. 25 Pitt Battles No. 23 Clemson for 1-1 Draw at Home

 

Photo Gallery: ACC men’s soccer preseason favorites Pitt, Clemson play to 1-1 draw

 

 


Pitt Game Notes 

THE SERIES – DENVER

  • This meeting marks the second all-time between the two programs with the Panthers winning the lone meeting.
  • Pitt earned the 3-2 double overtime victory at Ambrose Urbanic Field in 2019 in the first meeting between the two programs.
  • Valentin Noel netted the first goal of the game in 2019 as the Panthers notched the dramatic overtime win.

SCOUTING THE PIONEERS

  • Denver enters Monday’s match with a 7-2-3 overall record and a 2-0-1 Summit League mark after earning a 0-0 road draw at St. Thomas Saturday. The Pioneers are currently ranked No. 10 in the United Soccer Coaches Top-25 Poll and have been ranked for six straight weeks.
  • The Pioneers are being led offensively by Sam Bassett who has four goals, two assists and 10 points to go along with a team-high 19 shots. Aidan O’Toole has a goal, a team-high four assists and six points while Ian Smith has two goals, two assists and six points.
  • In goal, the Pioneers Isaac Nehme has earned 11 starts and owns a 7-2-2 overall record with a 0.64 goals-against average and a .750 save percentage. He also leads all freshman in the country with six shutouts so far this season.

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 6-2-3 against nationally ranked foes over the last two seasons.
  • Over the last three seasons, Pitt owns a 10-5-3 record against ranked opponents.
  • Currently, Pitt has two more ranked opponents remaining on their regular season schedule including Monday night vs. #10 Denver.

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 28-4-3 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 34-17-5 at home in his seven seasons at Pitt.
  • Since the start of the 2019 season, Pitt has outscored its opponents 102-36 at home including a 18-8 advantage this season.
  • The Panthers win percentage (.843) 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             27-2-5           .868
5. Kentucky             32-3-5           .863
6. Washington         30-4-2           .861
Cornell                14-1-3           .861
8. Pitt                     28-4-3           .843
9. Clemson              34-5-4           .837
10. Yale                   13-2-2            .824

UP NEXT

  • The Panthers return to action Friday night at 5:00 pm as they head to Blacksburg, VA to take on Virginia Tech in an ACC game.

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