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Pitt men’s soccer spring 2023 schedule announced

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On Thursday, Pitt men’s soccer head coach Jay Vidovich announced the 2023 spring schedule, with six games scheduled from February to April, including four in Pittsburgh.

Pitt will open spring play this Saturday (February 25) at Highmark Stadium as they take on the Riverhounds at 7:00 pm, in the annual Spring match between the two sides.  Currently, two former Panthers, Edward Kizza and Arturo Ordonez, are on the Hounds roster.

The Panthers will then welcome Big Ten foe Maryland to Ambrose Urbanic Field on Saturday, March 4 at 1:00 pm. The Terrapins closed out their 2022 campaign with a 11-4-5 overall record and fell in the NCAA Tournament Second Round to #14 Cornell. The Panthers then close out March with a match at ACC foe Wake Forest on Sunday, Mar. 26 at 1:00 pm.

Pitt returns home for their next two matches as they play host to Vaughan Soccer Club (Canada) on Saturday, April 1 at 1:00 pm before taking on ACC foe NC State on Saturday, April 8 at Noon at Highmark Stadium.

The Panthers will conclude their spring slate at the Spring Soccer Cup final in Winston-Salem on Sunday, April 16. The finals matches at Spry Stadium will be determined with the 10 programs being seeded after results from their three leagues matches (Maryland, Wake Forest, NC State). Shuffling amongst the seeds can be done if a repeat opponent is scheduled.

All four matches being played in Pittsburgh, either at Ambrose Urbanic Field or Highmark Stadium, will be free admission to the public.

Pitt closed out their historic 2022 campaign with their second trip to the College Cup in the past three seasons after posting an overall record of 12-5-5. The Panthers notched a pair of road wins in the tournament against nationally ranked opponents including an upset of the #1 overall seed Kentucky (2-1). Pitt then went on to host their first Elite Eight match at Ambrose Urbanic Field as they secured a 1-0 overtime victory over Portland in front of a sellout crowd.

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).

Riverhounds MF Kenardo Forbes

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