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Pitt men’s soccer announces 2024 home-friendly schedule

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Following a program record fifth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, Pitt’s men’s soccer Head Coach Jay Vidovich announced the program’s 2024 slate Monday, which features nine regular season home matches at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

In a transitional season where the Atlantic Coast Conference will welcome SMU, Cal and Stanford, the Pitt will only have to travel to face SMU,  while the remainder of its road schedule will take them to Penn State, Akron and  Cleveland State for out of conference encounters, and ACC away matches will be at SMU, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Syracuse.

Highlighted by a season-opening showdown with last year’s Big East runner-up, Georgetown, Pitt will face eight teams that reached the NCAA Tournament a season ago, including seven that reached the round of 32.

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Additionally, four of the Panthers’ 2024 opponents (Georgetown, SMU, North Carolina and Virginia) finished the 2023 season with an RPI ranking of 15 or higher.

“We’re excited for another challenging slate with this combination of conference and non-conference opponents,” said Vidovich regarding the schedule. “Particularly in the ACC, we’re thrilled to face SMU and Cal during their inaugural season in the league. As usual, I expect the conference to be strong and potentially even better than it’s been in the past. Out of conference, we’ll play several tough opponents, including Georgetown, Denver and High Point at home. We’ll also travel for road matches at Penn State and Penn, which are two quality teams. Overall, we expect the 2024 campaign to be a challenge, but we’ll look to rise to the occasion.”

Pitt will compete in a pair of exhibition matches against Maryland and Akron on Aug. 10 and 16, before officially opening the 2024 season on Aug. 22, hosting Georgetown at 8 p.m. Three days later, the Panthers will host Mercyhurst at 7 p.m., to conclude the opening weekend of action.

Pitt travels for a three-match road swing, facing a pair of in-state foes in Penn State (Aug. 30) and Penn (Sept. 1), before opening ACC play at SMU (Sept. 7). The Panthers will then return home to face Louisville on Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the ACC home-opener.

Following a mid-week road match at Cleveland State (Sept. 17), Pitt returns home to square off with Boston College on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m., before traveling to face Virginia Tech on Sept. 27.

The Panthers will then open a four-match home stand, hosting a quartet of opponents in Howard (Oct. 2), Denver (Oct. 7), Cal (Oct. 11) and High Point (Oct. 14) with each match kicking off at 7 p.m., respectively.

Pitt then travels for a highly-anticipated matchup with North Carolina on Oct. 19. Six days later (Oct. 25), the Panthers host Virginia at 7 p.m. in the home finale prior to finishing the 2024 regular season on Nov. 1 at Syracuse.

Pitt’s televised match schedule and promotional schedule will be announced at a later date.

The Panthers return 19 players from a year ago, including three (junior defender Jackson Gilman, senior defender Mateo Maillefaud and junior goalkeeper Cabral Carter) who competed in all 17 matches. Of note, Carter ranked fourth in the ACC in shutouts (6) and saves per game (3.35) last season.

Offensively, the Panthers return 70 percent (21-of-30) of their goal production and five of their top seven goal scorers. Additionally, returning players accounted for 56 percent (20-of-36) of Pitt’s assists last year as the team ended the 2023 season ranked third in the ACC and 20th nationally in assists per game (2.12).

 

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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