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FINAL: James Madison 3, Pitt 2 (NCAA Tournament First Round)

Pitt men's soccer
NCAA Tournament First Round

FINAL: James Madison 3, Pitt 2

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Match Summary

There will be no College Cup run for Pitt men’s soccer this year.

The Pitt Panthers came up short in a wild, back-and-forth first round NCAA Tournament match, losing to James Madison, 3-2, at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Thursday night, marking the earliest exit from the National Tournament for Pitt in the Jay Vidovich era.

It was an intense match, that became especially chippy in the second half, as Pitt’s second team All-ACC defender Jackson Gilman was shown a red card in the 71st minute, not too long after Pitt allowed the go-ahead goal.

Look for the complete match report and reaction to come on Pittsburgh Soccer Now.

Match Updates

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James Madison Takes a 3-2 Lead

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Pitt Levels it up Once Again

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James Madison Retakes the Lead

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Pitt Tying Goal 

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 James Madison Opening Goal 

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The Panthers finished the season with a 6-6-4 (W-L-D) overall record, 2-3-3 ACC record and lost to the Louisville Cardinals in the First Round of the ACC Tournament, 2-1, in overtime. Along with this serving as the fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament for the Panthers, they have made three straight Elite Eights and two College Cup appearances in that time, which includes a loss to Indiana in the semifinals last season.

James Madison finished with an 8-4-5 overall record and a 4-2-3 record in the Sun Belt. They lost to Kentucky in the Sun Belt Quarterfinals and lost 2-1 back last Sunday.

The Dukes ranked No. 38 in RPI, and managed to get into the tournament as an at-large bid, just like the Panthers. This is the first NCAA Tournament for the Dukes since the 2020-21 COVID-19 season, which saw them lose to UCF, 1-0, on the road in the First Round.

Pitt and James Madison both have four shared opponents in the regular season, in Duquesne, Virginia, Marshall and Georgetown. Both teams beat Duquesne at home, lost to Marshall at homeand Georgetown on the road, while James Madison held Virginia to a 1-1 draw at home and Pitt lost 2-1 to them on the road.

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