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Looking to keep momentum rolling, Pitt women’s soccer announces ambitious 2024 schedule

Pitt women’s soccer head coach Randy Waldrum announced the program’s full 18-game regular season schedule Tuesday afternoon.

And once again, the Panthers will embark on an ambitious slate with plenty of travel and taking on some of the best competition in the country both in ACC conference and in non-conference play.

The Panthers plan to continue their momentum from their most historic season yet.

The 2023 season took them all the way to their first-ever Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA Tournament as well as their first time competing in the ACC Championship Semifinals.

The Panthers finished at No. 6 in the United Soccer Coaches rankings with a 17-win season, finishing 17-6-1 with a 6-3-1 ACC mark. Pitt set program records for most wins overall (17), ACC wins (6), home wins (9), points (194), goals (64) and assists (68). The Panthers posted victories over Duke and North Carolina in the regular season, beating both for the first time in program history. The coaching staff who, received the NCAA Atlantic Region Staff of the Year award, helped the team propel past five top-25 teams including three in the top ten.

NEWS AND NOTES:

  • The Panthers are looking to keep the ball rolling from last season and secure their third straight trip to the ACC Championship and NCAA Tournament fields in 2024.
  • Pitt will play a total of 20 games with two exhibitions in early-August. The Panther’s exhibition slate includes another trip to West Virginia on Aug. 4th and a home contest against Michigan on Aug. 10th.
  • The Panthers will open the regular season on the road in Athens, GA to meet Georgia on Aug. 15th.
  • Ambrose Urbanic Field will host nine games this season which includes one exhibition matchup. The first regular season home game is slated for Aug. 22 versus Buffalo.

The Panthers begin competition Aug. 4th with an exhibition match at West Virginia. Six days later they return home for their final exhibition match of the preseason to meet Michigan (Aug. 10).

Pitt’s regular season campaign begins on Aug. 15 at the University of Georgia. This will be the second time in program history the Panthers have met the Bulldogs.

This year’s city rivalry game will take place at a neutral site this season, as Pitt and Duquesne will face off at Highmark Stadium on Aug. 18.

The Panthers will play host to Buffalo on Aug. 22 for their official home opening game. This matchup will be the seventh time Pitt has faced off against the Bison.

Just three days later, Pitt will start their three-game road journey – starting with Bucknell on Aug. 25. The Panthers will then head to Los Angeles, CA to meet on Aug. 29 and Fullerton, CA for a matchup against Cal St. Fullerton on Sept. 1.

Pitt will return home for two weeks as they face off against four teams at home. On Sept. 5, the Panthers will welcome Dartmouth at Ambrose Urbanic. Three days later, fellow Pennsylvanian, Mercyhurst will come to Pittsburgh on Sept. 8.

ACC play will kickoff at home on Sept. 14 as the Panthers play host to Louisville. Pitt is looking to bounce back from the last time they met Louisville, as they hold the 7-4 edge to the Cardinals. The Panthers are excited to continue their momentum from last season into the match up against North Carolina at Ambrose Urbanic (Sept. 19). Pitt topped the Tarheels for the first-time in program history last season in the ACC Championship Quarterfinals. This monumental win helped propel Pitt to their first appearance in the ACC Championship Semifinals.

The Panthers will hit the road to California for their first two away matchups against new ACC foes Cal (Sept. 26) and Stanford (Sept. 29).

Pitt will make their way back to the Steel City as they face off against Clemson (Oct. 3) and Syracuse (October 13) at Ambrose Urbanic before making the trip down to Florida where they will meet Miami (Oct. 17) and Florida State (Oct. 20).  The Panthers are looking to make a comeback against Florida State after the Seminoles cut their historic 2024 season short in the Panthers’ NCAA Tournament run.

The Panthers will head home for their final regular season home matchup on Oct. 24 as they host Wake Forest.

Pitt’s regular season campaign will come to a close on Oct. 31 against Notre Dame. This will be the 16th time the two programs have faced off against each other.

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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