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FINAL: Pitt 2, North Carolina 1, Extra Time (ACC Women’s Soccer First Round Playoff)

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ACC Women’s Soccer First Round Playoff 

FINAL: Pitt 2, North Carolina 1

Game Stats 

Match Summary

For the first time in program history, Pitt women’s soccer won an ACC Tournament First Round match, staying on the front foot from the start of the match, and finishing strong in extra time, to hand No. 3 North Carolina its first loss of the 2023 season, at Anson Dorrance Field on Sunday night.

Ellie Coffield and Amanda West scored for Pitt, both coming from crosses into the box from winger Landy Mertz, while goalkeeper Ellie Breech made four saves — with three of those coming in the first period of extra time.

This was also Pitt’s first-ever win against North Carolina.

Pitt (14-4-1) will now face No. 1 Florida State, on Thursday, in Cary, North Carolina in the ACC Semifinal Round.

Look for a detailed recap to follow.  

Match Updates 

Look for starting lineups, match updates and highlights to be posted here.


Panthers hang on for first -ever win in ACC Tournament and first-ever win vs North Carolina.  Landy Mertz was a catalyst on the width, and Amanda West and Ellie Coffield had the goals.

104′ — Breech punches UNC corner upward but goes backward — but Pitt defenders on line — looked like Schupansky heads it safely away.



Amanda West Pitt’s all-time leading goal scorer is there on the late run — and another great cross in from Landy Mertz! It really was all UNC in ET to that point, but Panthers show how dangerous they can be in transition.

97′ — Dellaperuta from close range again — and Breech with ANOTHER diving save!

96′ — Breech again — diving save again — on Patterson.

94′ — Ellie Breech comes off line just in time, gets a hand on it — and denies UNC’s Tori Dellaperuta from close range.


This one’s going to Extra Time.

80′ — Great chance for Pitt’s Amanda West — but on left side — she cuts in but just misses left of the post.


What a strike!  From 21 yards out — no chance for Pitt’s GK Ellie Breech.


It’s the WPIAL combo — Landy Mertz with the assist — and Coffield heads it home to give the Panthers 1-0 lead.

HALF — Pretty good first half for confident Panthers who are certainly up to the task against No. 3 ranked Tar Heels. Last 10-15 minutes, UNC started to wake up a bit.

37′ — Bella Sember gets another shot for UNC — on frame from just inside edge of box — and another save for Breech.

34′ — Olivia Thomas — one of the six subs — gets to the edge around Pitt defender, and first shot on frame from wide angle is easy first save for Pitt’s Ellie Breech.

30′ — Six subs for UNC — who are looking to change the flow of the match. Pitt brings on Keera Melenhorst for Chloe Minas.

26′ — Abiodun makes a run — with all kinds of space rushes a header that goes well over bar.  Maybe should could’ve brought that down.

23′ –Best chance of match for either side.

Long Pitt free kick ends up deep in box — where Deborah Abiodun’s header heads under the bar but UNC’s GK Emmie Allen with a fantastic save.

22′ — Katie Zailski with a clever touch that denies a potential golden chance for UNC in the center of the box.

20′ — things have tightened up a bit — both sides are closing space pretty well.

10′ — Panthers have kicked off — at UNC. I anticipated an aggressive approach for and through first 10 minutes they’ve already registered a few shots and one on frame.  UNC with one shot.  

8 pm — Here’s the starting lineups…




Pitt women’s soccer team (13-4-1, 6-2-1 ACC) is set to meet host No. 3 – ranked North Carolina (10-0-8, 5-0-5 ACC) in a 2023 ACC Women’s Soccer Tournament First Round matchup on Sunday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m. at Dorrance Field in Chapel Hill, NC.

The contest will air live on ACC Network.

The winner of the matchup between fifth seed Panthers and fourth seed Tar Heels will face first seed Florida State in the tournament semifinals on Nov. 2 at WakeMed Park.

The Tar Heels are — as always — loaded with talent and they’ve completed an unbeaten regular season, but that record also includes eight draws.  This should be a good contest between the league’s top scoring team (Pitt) and one of the stingiest sides (UNC).

Earlier today, PSN’s Rachael Kriger completed this feature story on Pitt goalkeeper Elle Breech.

Ellie Breech soaking up opportunity between the sticks for Pitt



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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