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Five Pitt Men’s Soccer Players Earn Spot on All-ACC Teams

Pitt placed five players on the 2022 All-ACC teams that the conference announced on Wednesday

Midfielders in senior Valentin Noel and junior Filip Mirkovic made the All-ACC First-Team. Graduate midfielder Jackson Walti and junior forward Bertin Jacquesson made the All-ACC Second Team. Finally, first-year defender Jackson Gillman earned a spot on the All-Freshman team.

Noel makes the first team for the second straight season for the Panthers. He leads the team this season in goals with seven and ranks second place all-time in goals with 31, along with former teammate Edward Kizza (2017-19).  He ranks second on the team with 17 points and is third all-time in program history with 75 points. Noel started 16 matches this season, scored a team-high two game-winning goals and has seven multi-point games as well.

Mirkovic makes the first team for the first time in his Pitt career. He leads Pitt with 18 points with 12 assists, which is a school record for most assists in a season. Those 12 assists and his .80 assists per game are fourth and second best, respectively, in Division I.

This is Walti’s third consecutive season on the second team, serving as captain in the midfield for the Panthers. Functioning mainly as a defensive midfielder, Walti, led his team to six clean sheets and held opposing teams to just 1.10 goals per game in 2022. Walti also holds the program record for minutes played, as he is currently at 8,599, and a program record for 96 appearances with 93 starts since 2018.

Jacquesson also earns a spot on the second team for the third straight season. He mainly plays on the wing and has scored five goals, made three assists and 13 points for Pitt this year. He currently sits third with 21 career assists for Pitt is also third amongst active players in Division I, as he is averaging .40 assists per game in his career.

Gillman started every game this season for the Panthers and ranks fourth on team with 1,522 minutes played. He has also played every minute since North Carolina on Sept. 9, making it 13 straight games he played the entirety of the match. He and Walti are responsible for the great defending the Panthers play this season as they’ve only allowed five teams to score more than one goal on them.

After losing to Virginia in the ACC Tournament quarterfinals on Sunday, Pitt must wait until next Monday, Nov. 14 to see where they play in the NCAA Tournament.

 

 

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