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The Pulse of Pittsburgh Soccer (10/10/2023): Road to the USL Championship to run through Highmark Stadium; Pitt women are (finally) ranked again plus it’s crunch time for WPIAL soccer teams

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We’re ready for another week of Pittsburgh soccer in what is easily our busiest time of the year.

The Riverhounds reached another historical milestone achievement this season, but there’s also a lot going on.  As always, scroll below to see the full Pittsburgh Soccer Schedule for the next seven days.

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Road to the (USL) Championship Runs Through Pittsburgh  

The Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC closed the deal in clinching the Players Shield for the most points this season when beating a very good Tampa Bay Rowdies squad on the road, 2-0.  The result prompted Riverhounds’ owner Tuffy Shallenberger to proclaim, “THE ROAD TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP RUNS THROUGH PITTSBURGH!”

From a content perspective, we are very grateful for Amedeo Eichberg’s contributions over the weekend, as he was on site for the match at Al Lang Stadium.  It was great to catch up with Amadeo on the Sounding Off on Soccer podcast, as he shared his experience from covering this historical match in Pittsburgh soccer history.

In addition, it was time to bring back Takeaways/Players Grades — providing a deep dive into the Hounds’ historical win.

Takeaways/Player Grades: Determined Riverhounds stay a step ahead, lock down Rowdies to clinch Players Shield

We intend to step up our game, and bring even more Riverhounds’ content, with live coverage at every match for the remainder of the season, and special reports from Training Sessions, features and more interviews.

This weekend we’ll welcome an old friend back to the team, Matt Gajtka, who, from the start, has been a significant contributor to PSN and also was the play-by-play voice of the Riverhounds’ broadcasts for a number of years, will be making the trip to Detroit, from his home in Michigan, to cover the last regular season match between the Hounds and Detroit City FC.

Welcome Matthew Baldwin

We are also excited to introducing a new member to the team, Matthew Baldwin, who will be making a few stops at Riverhounds’ practices this week, and next.

Matthew (Twitter: @MattRhys63), is a sports journalist from London, England with Bachelor’s Degree from University of East London, and Masters from Staffordshire University, but he’s new to Pittsburgh since June.  In his experiences, he’s written articles for The Guardian and ThatsTV Manchester, and much more while interviewing a plethora of sporting personalities.

What a great time to add Matthew to our roster of contributors, as we’re fully immersed in Riverhounds’, College and High School soccer seasons.  Look forward to sharing Matthew’s work with Pittsburgh Soccer fans and followers — and those beyond.

Pitt Women’s Soccer (Finally) Ranked Again

Pitt’s women’s soccer team, which picked up a pair of impressive wins vs ranked ACC opponents, beating Duke, 2-1, and Wake Forest, 4-1, at home this past weekend, are finally getting National Recognition.

After starting the season ranked in the United Soccer Coaches Poll, on Tuesday, they were back in the USC poll, at No. 17, while they also earned top rankings in both Top Drawer Soccer and College Soccer News.

The Panthers are now 11-2-1 overall, and 4-1-1 in ACC, where they currently sit in fourth place behind the ‘Big Three’ that includes last season’s National Champions, Florida State, the most successful program in NCAA history, North Carolina, and Notre Dame, who they played to a 1-1 draw earlier this season.

The next step for Pitt is a road challenge at Syracuse, in an afternoon match on Saturday.

“They’ve been down this year, but it’s not an easy place to play,” Waldrum said to PSN’s Rachael Kriger after the Wake Forest win.

“They were up twice on Florida State, at home.  They were ahead of Wake (Forest).  They’re pretty good at home, even though they’ve been off to a rough stretch. It’s a game we expect to get something out of it, so we have to go into it with the right mindset.”

WPIAL Soccer In Final Week of Regular Season 

It really is crunch time in the high school soccer season around these parts.

One week from today, the WPIAL will be announcing the Boys and Girls playoff brackets and seedings.  We’ve been keeping up with everything, including daily scoreboard posts and this week we included the standings prior to boys and girls section matches on Monday and Tuesday, along with the Playoff Seeding Projections (for the boys — we’ll share the Girls Projections later this week).

WPIAL Boys Soccer Standings / Update on Races for Section Titles and Playoff Spots (10/9/2023)

Look for lots of coverage and analysis leading up to and on bracket reveal day, plus we’ll also have reaction and interviews with coaches after the brackets are released.  We’ll be covering the playoffs throughout the last couple weeks of October and early November.

One interesting note, the WPIAL is keeping the dates open ended for the High School Finals this season to run from Wednesday, November 1 through Saturday, November 4.  In the past, the Finals have been played Thursday through Saturday, with two games each weeknight, and four matches on Saturday.  With the potential that the Riverhounds could be playing in the USL Championship Eastern Conference Final on November 4, the WPIAL will likely only play two or three matches at Highmark Stadium on Saturday.  If you recall, in 2019, the Hounds hosted the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, November 2 vs Louisville City FC, and earlier that day, three WPIAL Finals matches were also played at Highmark Stadium.

PITTSBURGH SOCCER SCHEDULE (10/11/2023 – 10/17/2023)

Tues Oct 10
WPIAL Boys Section play
Wed Oct 11
WPIAL Girls Section play
Duq M 6:00 PM A St. Bonaventure Olean, NY
Oct 12 (Thu) RMU W 7:00 PM A Cleveland State Cleveland, OH
Duq W 7:00 PM H G. Washing Rooney Field
WPIAL Boys Section play
Oct 13 (Fri) Pitt M 7:00 PM A Virginia Charlottesville, VA
Sat Oct 14 Pitt W 1:00 PM A Syracuse Syracuse, NY
RMU M 1:00 PM A Green Bay Green Bay, WI
Duq M 7:00 PM H G. Washington Rooney Field
HOUNDS 4:00 PM A Detroit City FC Hamtramrick, MI
WPIAL (Boys & Girls)
Oct 15 (Sun) RMU W 1:00 PM H Northern Kentucky North Athletic Complex
Duq W 1:00 PM H LaSalle Rooney Field
Mon Oct 16
WPIAL Boys and Girls Section play / Non Section
Tues Oct 17 Duq M 7:00 PM A PITT Ambrose Urbanic Field
Pitt M 7:00 PM A Duquesne Ambrose Urbanic Field
WPIAL Boys & Girls Section / Non-Section play
RMU M 7:00 PM A Wake Forest Winston-Salem, NC


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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