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Pulse of Pittsburgh Soccer: College conference play begins and Riverhounds return to action

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The Pulse of Pittsburgh Soccer has been typically rolling out early each week since its inception last month, but Labor Day weekend threw a monkey wrench in our plans to post a new ‘Pulse’.

Hope you had a nice, relaxing Labor Day weekend and stayed out of the heat as much as possible.

The Pittsburgh soccer calendar is absolutely packed — as it always is — this time of year.  Our contributors have been busy keeping up with the local soccer scene, especially Dominic Campbell and Zac Weiss on the Pitt and Duquesne beats.

We look forward to sharing an announcement in next week’s Pulse of Pittsburgh Soccer about our coverage and the site moving forward.  Stay tuned!!

Both Robert Morris teams continue to push on without a loss to open the season (combining for a 8-0-3 record!!), following the women’s team’s 3-0 victory at Mount St. Mary’s, on Wednesday.

This weekend, essentially starting on Thursday provides a return for Duquesne and Pitt’s teams.  Who would have thought that the one program on a losing streak, is the Pitt men, who were handed their second straight loss against a top-10 team on Tuesday night, losing to Marshall, 3-1.  Dom Campbell was there, and has the recap.

Pitt falls to No. 2 Marshall at home, 3-1

High School season is really in full swing, and we have been trying to keep up, mainly with our daily WPIAL Scoreboard and intermittent WPIAL Soccer Watch posts.  Look for another WPIAL Soccer Watch that will preview some very interesting Saturday match schedule.

Speaking of High School soccer, Fiona Mahon, a junior at Avonworth, who helped lead the Lopes to back-to-back Girls 2A WPIAL titles, made her college commitment official this morning.

Finally, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC return after a bye week.  As of Thursday morning, they also remain in first place, thanks in part to Memphis 901 FC, who defeated second place Tampa Bay, with a come-from-behind 3-2 victory on Wednesday night in the City of Blues.

On Wednesday, I had a chance to catch up with Head Coach Bob Lilley and second-year midfielder Marc Ybarra on the latest edition of the Sounding Off on Soccer podcast.   The Hounds are gearing up for their last six matches (three at home starting with Loudoun United FC on Saturday).

Sounding Off on Soccer: Hitting homestretch of regular season with Riverhounds HC Bob Lilley and MF Marc Ybarra

The full weekend schedule is listed below.

There’s plenty of soccer going on in the area, so don’t be shy about sharing your thoughts with us on our Social Media platforms and you can always email us too at, and I’ll be happy to answer ‘Mailbox Questions’ in future editions of the Pulse of Pittsburgh soccer.



(9/7/2023 – 9/12/2023)


Thur Sept 7 Duq W 6:00 PM H F. Dickenson Rooney Field
Pitt W 7:00 PM A Xavier Cincinnati, OH
WPIAL Boys Section play
Fri Sept 8 RMU W 4:00 PM A Lemoyne Syracuse, NY
Sat Sept 9 Pitt M 7:00 PM H Wake Forest Ambrose Urbanic Field
Duq M 7:00 PM A Niagara Niagara, NY
RMU M 7:00 PM A Northern Kentucky Highland Heights, KY
HOUNDS 7:00 PM H Loudoun United FC Highmark Stadium
WPIAL Girls Section play + Boys non-section
Sun Sept 10 Duq W 1:00 PM A Kent State Kent, OH
Pitt W 7:00 PM A Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH
Mon Sept 11
WPIAL Boys Section play
Tues Sept 12
WPIAL Girls Section play

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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