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NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament postgame: Pitt’s Jay Vidovich, Bertin Jacquesson and Jackson Walti; plus Twitter reaction

Pitt's Bertin Jacquesson: PSN File Photo

Following Pitt’s thrilling 2-1 win at No. 1 Kentucky, to advance to the NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament’s Elite Eight, Dan Angell was there for the post game press conference for both sides.

Pittsburgh Soccer Now has learned that Pitt will now be hosting Portland, who defeated Western Michigan in the Sweet 16, on Saturday, December 3, at 1 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

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Pitt’s Jay Vidovich, team captain Jackson Walti and Bertin Jacquesson, who scored the game-winner, provide their reaction in the video below.

Vidovich was proud of his club’s perseverance:

“I am not sure the mentality shifted that much, I think we just stuck to what we had been demonstrating the whole match, which is resiliency and sticking to a plan. They followed the plan and did it even better than what we thought. Their resiliency and fight and battle was there form the beginning. They stepped it up at that time at a huge moment and I am really proud of them.” 

Jacquesson explained his game winner:

“I think Josh [Luchini] made a good run behind, as soon as I saw that, I just followed the play. At first touch, I saw there was a guy in front of me, so I took a touch on the side and the space was open. In my mind, like last week against Akron, I don’t want to go on the foul post, I always fake so the ball goes across my body, and then it just happened. One touch, two touch, boom.”

In addition, we have reaction from Twitter, as Pitt fans rejoiced over the emphatic win which brings the Panthers one game closer to reaching the College Cup.

Post Match Press Conference with Jay Vidovich, Jackson Walti and Bertin Jacquesson

Kentucky Post Match Reaction

Match Highlights

Twitter Reaction: Pitt’s Sweet 16 Win vs No. 1 Kentucky


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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