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Pulse of Pittsburgh Soccer: Embracing Postseason Tournament Madness

We’re in the midst of the madness, as postseason soccer has hit its critical mass here in Pittsburgh.

It took until late Halloween Night for the final kick to decide the last of the WPIAL Boys and Girls Soccer Finals contestants, but the field is now set as Highmark Stadium will be hosting eight matches this coming weekend, Thursday, November 2 – Saturday, November 4.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh’s six Division I college programs are in the midst of conference tournaments, and in the case of Robert Morris’ men’s team, playing Cleveland State on Senior Day on Wednesday, they still have an outside shot (of getting into the postseason tournament, but will need to beat Cleveland State (10 pts) and get a lot of help, as they’re tied with three schools at 8 points, with another NKU one-point ahead.

Pitt women’s soccer pulled off the big win at North Carolina, but when playing in the best conference in the land, that means they have to now face No. 1 Florida State, in Cary, NC in the ACC Semifinal (Thursday). Duquesne’s women’s soccer team also earned a big first round road playoff win at UMass, and now face No. 1 seeded Saint Louis, on Wednesday.

Pitt and Duquesne men’s teams will begin postseason play in their conference tournaments too — and after losing 6-0 to Notre Dame last Friday, the Panthers could be on the NCAA Tournament bubble, so a win at home vs Louisville would go a long way to earning an at-large berth.  Duquesne has to travel, facing Davidson, in a road match on Friday.

Robert Morris women earned a historical win on Sunday too, beating Wright State, 4-1, and now they’re in the Horizon League Semifinal Round — facing No. 1 seed Milwaukee on its home turf — Thursday.

Look for extensive coverage of the WPIAL Finals, beginning Thursday from Highmark Stadium, as we’ll have contributions from a full team — that will include yours truly, Mark Goodman, Dom Campbell, Matt Popchock, and photographers Jared Todhunter and Ed Thompson.

Pittsburgh Soccer Schedule (11/1/2023 – 11/7/2023)

Nov 1 (Wed) RMU M 2:00 PM H Cleveland St North Athletic Complex
Pitt M 7:00 PM H Louisville Ambrose Urbanic Field ACC Men’s Soccer Playoff – First Round
DUQ W 8:00 PM A Saint Louis St. Louis, MO A10 Women’s Championship – Semifinal Round
Nov 2 (Thurs) WPIAL FINALS 6 & 8 PM TBA Highmark Stadium
Pitt W 8:00 PM A Florida State Wake Med Park
RMU W 2:00 PM H Milwaulkee Milwaukee
Horizon League Semifinal Round (Women’s)
Nov 3 (Fri) WPIAL FINALS 6 & 8 PM TBA Highmark Stadium
DUQ M 7:00 PM A Davidson Davidson, NC
ACC Women’s Soccer Playoff Semifinal Rd
11, 1:15, 3:45, 6
TBA Highmark Stadium
Atlantic 10 Women’s Championship Game  Noon
Nov 5 (Sun)
Horizon League Women’s Championship
2 p.m.
ACC Women’s Soccer Playoff Championship Game
ACC Men’s Soccer Playoff (Quarterfinal Round)
PIAA Brackets Released
Mon Nov 6
NCAA Women’s Selection Show
2 pm.

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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