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No. 6 Pitt 4, No. 11 N.C. State 1 Final (ACC Men’s Soccer Tournament)

ACC Men’s Soccer Tournament – 1st Round

No. 6 seed Pitt (7-3-5, 3-2-3 ACC) vs No. 11 seed NC State (6-6-4, 1-5-2 ACC)

Wednesday, November 2, 2022  |   7 p.m.  |  Ambrose Urbanic Field

Match Stats: HERE   Live Stream: HERE

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Game Notes 

The winner of Wednesday’s game will head to Charlottesville, VA on Sunday to take on the No. 3 seed Virginia Cavaliers at 4:00 pm.

 THE SERIES – NC STATE

  • This meeting marks the ninth all-time between the two programs with Pitt holding the 4-3-1 edge in the series.
  • The Panthers have won three straight in the series including a 3-0 home victory over NC State earlier this year. Josh Luchini netted a brace while Lucas Rosa netted a free kick goal in the win on Sept. 16.
  • Pitt is 4-1-1 all-time against the Wolfpack in games played in Pittsburgh. The Panthers have won three straight at home against NC State.

SCOUTING THE WOLFPACK

  • NC State enters Wednesday’s ACC Championship First Round matchup with a 6-6-4 overall record and a 1-5-2 ACC mark. They earned the No. 11 seed in the tournament with five points.
  • The Wolfpack are being led offensively by Conor Kelly who has netted seven goals, two assists and 16 points on 28 shots. Calem Tommy has chipped in with two goals, a team-high three assists and seven points in 16 matches.
  • In goal, Lucas Hatsios has been solid as he owns a 5-5-4 record to go along with a 1.14 goals against average, .746 save percentage and five shutouts.

PANTHERS IN THE ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

  • This marks the seventh straight season the Panthers have qualified for the ACC Men’s Soccer Championship. They earned the No. 6 seed and a home first round match after posting 12 points during the regular season.
  • The Panthers own a 5-7-0 overall record in ACC Championship matches while also owning a 2-1-0 record at home in the tournament.
  • Pitt and NC State have met in the ACC Championship one time as the Panthers earned a 2-1 overtime win against the Wolfpack on Nov. 10, 2019 at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
  • The Panthers have advanced to at least the ACC semifinals in each of the last three seasons.

SCORING FIRST A MUST FOR PITT

  • One of the keys to victory for the Panthers over the last four seasons has been scoring the first goal of the match.
  • Since 2019, Pitt owns a 39-1-3 overall record when they record the first goal of the match.
  • The Panthers are 6-0-1 this year when scoring the first goal while being just 1-3-3 when allowing the first goal of the match.
  • Pitt hasn’t lost a game when scoring the first goal since falling to #2 Indiana 3-2 in double overtime on August 30, 2019.

Season                  Record                  Win %

2022                      6-0-1                      .929

2021                      11-0-2                   .923

2020-21                14-0-0                   1.000

2019                      8-1-0                      .889

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 28-4-5 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 34-17-7 at home in his seven seasons at Pitt.
  • Since the start of the 2019 season, Pitt has outscored its opponents 105-39 at home including a 21-11 advantage this season.
  • The Panthers win percentage (.829) at home over the past four seasons is the best in the ACC and 8th best overall in the NCAA.

 

Home Win % Since 2019

 

# TEAM                        RECORD                  %

  1. Georgetown           37-2-5               .898
  2. New Hampshire    29-2-4               .886
  3. Missouri State       32-3-3               .882
  4. Washington            32-4-2               .868
  5. Kentucky                  34-3-5               .869
  6. Campbell                 29-2-6               .865
  7. Cornell                      16-2-3               .833
  8. Pitt                           29-4-5              .829
  9. Clemson                   36-7-4               .809
  10. Yale                        13-3-2              .778

 

PANTHERS PLACE FIVE PLAYERS IN TOP DRAWER SOCCER MIDSEASON TOP-100 LIST

 

  • Top Drawer Soccer released their midseason Top-100 player rankings last week and the Panthers were well represented on the list.
  • In all, Pitt had five representatives on the list led by junior midfielder Filip Mirkovic who ranked #4. Valentin Noel was #8, Bertin Jacquesson was #14, Rodrigo Almeida was #46 and Jackson Walti was #53.
  • Pitt was the only team in the nation to have five players ranked inside the top-53 in the country.

UP NEXT

  • With a win, Pitt would travel to No. 3 seed Virginia on Sunday for a 4:00 pm first kick. Sunday’s match will air live on ACC Network.

 

 

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