Pitt men’s soccer started preparation for their season this early in the year, as they announced their 2024 spring season schedule on Wednesday.
The Panthers will start their preseason facing off against the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League (USL), the second division of the American soccer pyramid, just below the MLS. They will play each other on Saturday, Feb. 24, 4:00 p.m. at Highmark Stadium in Station Square on the banks of the Monongahela River. The match is also a part of the Riverhounds preseason and is free for the public to attend.
Former Pitt men’s soccer alum, midfielder Jackson Walti (2018-22), signed with the Riverhounds this offseason. This preseason match will serve as a reunion for him with the program. Riverhounds forward Edward Kizza, who played for Pitt from 2017-19, is entering his second season with the club and will likely play against his old college side.
Pitt will host Vaughn SC for their first home game of the spring season on Friday, March 8 at Ambrose Urbanic Field at 6:00 p.m. Vaughn is a Canadian semi-professional club that hails from Vaughn, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.
Duke serves as the first college team that Pitt faces in the spring season. They’ll travel to Durham, N.C. face their ACC foe on Saturday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m.
Pitt men’s soccer will then host two more ACC opponents in Virginia on Saturday, March 30 with kickoff set for 11:00 a.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. They’ll have their last home game at Highmark Stadium against Wake Forest on Saturday, April 6 at 12:00 p.m.
The Panthers finish their spring season with the Spring Soccer Cup final in Winston-Salem, N.C. on Sunday, April 14. The finals matches take place at Spry Stadium and the results from the three league games (Blue Devils, Cavaliers, Demon Deacons), will determine where the Panthers rank for their seeding.
Pitt didn’t have as much success last season as they did in previous years, finishing 6-7-4 overall. They still made it to the NCAA Tournament, their fifth straight appearance, but lost in the First Round to James Madison. The loss ended a streak of three straight Elite Eight appearances and two College Cups during that time for Pitt.
All three players will feature for the Panthers in their spring season, as they are already on campus training with the team.