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Virginia storms past No. 11 Pitt, 2-1, to jump into second place in ACC Coastal Division

The Pitt Panthers came up short against Virginia Cavaliers on the road, losing 2-1, in Charlottesville, VA, on Friday night.

It was a costly loss for the Panthers, who drop to 2-2-2 (8 points) in ACC, while the Cavs (3-2-1, 10 points) jump ahead in the Coastal Division standings and into second place.

Albert Thorsen scored for Pitt while goalkeeper Cabrel Cater made one save in a frantic match that included 33 fouls and 12 off side calls.


Things started off on a very positive note for Pitt, as they mounted a well-executed build-up of possession, into the box in the early going, as Guilherme Feitosa sent a ball to Luis Sahmkow that a Virginia defender deflected.

Albert Thorsen moved in on the far post area to pounce on the loose ball, and put it into goal to give Pitt a 1-0 lead in the 8th minute.

It was Thorsen’s fourth goal of the season.

Despite the fast start, UVA found plenty of opportunities in the first half to counter against the Panthers.

In the 18th minute, Mouhameth Thiam was on the end of a cross, beating Pitt keeper Carbrel Carter to the ball.


In the 23rd minute, Stephen Annor got in behind the Pitt defense and raced in but Carter came out to challenge and forced the shot to dribble just wide of the left post

Virginia made it 2-1 in the 28th minute as Stephen Annor collected a cross inside the box and buried the ball into the right corner

In the 43rd minute, Pitt nearly equalized when Massimo Murania got free at the top of the box and ripped a shot that just missed the right corner of the Virginia goal.

Pitt had a great chance in the 60th minute as Feitosa ripped a hard shot on the free kick from the top of the box but the UVA keeper poked the ball over top the cage and out of play

In the 63rd minute, Joao Souza sent a great cross to the left side of the box where Abdoulaye Toure volleyed a shot towards the right corner that was stopped but the Cavaliers’ keeper

Pitt had a pair of free kicks from just outside the box in the final 15 minutes but both attempts, one by Jackson Gilman and the other by Thorsen, were blocked by the UVA wall and cleared out as the Cavaliers hung on to the 2-1 home win


  • For the match, Pitt held the 13-10 lead in shots while the corner kicks were tied, 5-5
  • Souza led all players with three shots while off the bench Toure and Murania each had two shots in the loss
  • In goal, Carter made one save in the loss for Pitt


  • With the loss, Pitt is now 4-10-2 all-time against the Cavaliers. Virginia has won three straight in the series and owns a 6-3-1 record against Pitt in Charlottesville
  • It was just the third time since 2019, Pitt scored first in the match and lost


  • The Panthers return home Tuesday, Oct. 17 as they welcome cross-town rival Duquesne to Ambrose Urbanic Field for a non-conference battle. Tuesday’s City Game between the two squads will kick at 7:00 pm and air live on ACC Network Extra.

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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