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Sounding Off on Soccer: NCAA Tournament Fever PITT-ch

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For the first time ever, both Pitt men’s and women’s soccer programs are still playing postseason games in the NCAA tournament, at the same time.

On Monday, Pitt men learned that they’ve earned a fourth consecutive berth to the big dance, receiving an at-large bid.  The men will face Horizon League champion, Cleveland State, on Thursday night, at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

The women won their first-ever tournament game on Saturday, on a very wet and cold night at Ambrose, thanks in large part to super sub Leah Pais, who converted on her chance in the 85th minute, to give the Panthers a 1-0 win vs Buffalo.

In the latest edition of Sounding Off on Soccer, Pittsburgh Soccer Now‘s John Krysinsky and Dom Campbell talk about NCAA Soccer Tournament Fever that has taken over the University of Pittsburgh.

 

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John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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