Pitt men’s soccer placed three players on the All-ACC teams on Wednesday, demonstrating the level of talent with the program.
Senior midfielder Filip Mirkovic made it on the First Team for the second straight season. He is one of four Pitt men’s soccer players to make First-Team All-ACC on multiple occasions, joining midfielder Valentin Noel, forward Edward Kizza and defender Jasper Löeffelsend. Sophomore defender Jackson Gilman made the Third Team, while freshman forward Albert Thorsen earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team himself.
Mirkovic led the Panthers with nine assists in 2023, tied at No. 2 in the ACC and No. 10 in the NCAA. The nine assists rank fifth most in a single season in Panthers history and his four assists against Fairleigh Dickinson tied both a program and ACC record for most assists in a single game.
His 28 career assists are the most for a player in Pitt men’s soccer history and his .34 assists per game is third best. He has started 70 of his 74 matches at Pitt over these past four seasons, serving as a main stay in the team over their three straight Elite Eight appearances and two College Cups.
Gilman makes his first All-ACC Third Team of his career, as he has started all 16 matches this season. His great play at centre-back, accumulating a team best 1,446 minutes for an outfield player, has helped Pitt preserve six clean sheets and held 10 opponents to one goal or less in 2023. This is Gilman’s second ACC honor, as he placed on the All-Freshman team in 2022.
Thorsen came to the Panthers from Norway over the summer and has served a vital role in the attack. He has four goals and two assists in 12 matches played and started this season, which included scoring in back-t0-back games to begin 2023, against Penn State and Howard.
Pitt men’s soccer will find out their fate for the NCAA Tournament next Monday during the Selection show.