On Monday, the University of Pittsburgh women’s soccer team were selected with an at-large bid for the first time in program history to participate in the NCAA Division I women’s soccer tournament.
The announcement came a little after 4 p.m. — as the entire team gathered at the Peterson Sports Complex to find out their fate.
Shortly after learning that they will be hosting their first-round match up vs Buffalo (Saturday at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field), Pittsburgh Soccer Now’s John Krysinsky caught up with Head Coach Randy Waldrum and sophomore midfielder/forward Sarah Schupansky for a segment on Pittsburgh Sports Live.
The Panthers set program records for overall wins (12) and ACC wins (5) during the 2022 regular season and qualified for the ACC Championship field for the first time in program history. The Panthers tied No. 4-ranked Notre Dame, 1-1, on Sunday in the 2022 ACC Championship First Round before falling in a penalty kick shootout, 5-4. The team has also set records in points (128) and goals (44) and tied the program record for most home wins in a single season with seven after going 7-1-1 at Ambrose Urbanic Field during the regular season. Pitt boasts two All-ACC honorees in senior midfielder Landy Mertz (All-ACC Third Team) and defender Katie Zailski (All-ACC Freshman Team).
Pitt Earns First-Ever NCAA Tournament Selection – Twitter Reaction
There it is!!! @Pitt_WSOC is off to its first national tournament in program history!!
The Panthers earned the 4 seed in the Tallahassee regional and will face 13-seeded Buffalo on November 12th pic.twitter.com/45sPvcyGbK
— Alexander Ganias (Him/His) (@ATGanias) November 7, 2022
PITT IS IN!!!!@Pitt_WSOC is taking on Buffalo, at home, on Saturday, Nov. 12, in the NCAA Women's College Cup!
Congratulations to @CoachWaldrum and company. Go get it on the natty stage!
— Rachael Kriger (@RachaelKriger) November 7, 2022
— Jim Hammett (@JimHammett) November 7, 2022
Thank you!! 💙 Hail to Pitt
— Landy Mertz (@landy_mertz) November 7, 2022
4-seed Panthers will take on Buffalo in the 1st round on Saturday, Nov. 12 at Ambrose Urbanic Field (Time TBA)
— Pittsburgh Soccer Now (@pghsoccernow) November 7, 2022