FINAL: Pitt 1, North Carolina 0



ACC Men’s Soccer

Pitt (3-1-0, 0-0-0 ACC) at North Carolina (2-1-0, 0-0-0 ACC)

Friday, September 9, 2022 | 7:00 p.m. | Dorrance Field, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

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FINAL — PITT 1, UNC 0

Pitt closes the game with impressive possession – totally dictating the terms of the game at the end as they held a 1-0 road lead.

90′ — RED CARD – Juan Caffaro of UNC

63′ – GOAL – PITT 1, UNC 0

HALF – PITT 0, NORTH CAROLINA 0

Shots on the edge of the frame (3-1) and possession edges to Pitt, as Waltri and Mirkovic control the central MF

20′ | Bertin Jacquesson is inches away from giving Pitt the lead but his hard shot sails just over the bar. Pitt remains in control but still aimless here in Chapel Hill.

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Back on track: Rising second-half scores see Pitt win 5-0

Preview / Game Notes

THE SERIES – NORTH CAROLINA

  • The meeting marks the 10th all-time between the two programs, with the Tar Heels holding the record 8-1 against the Panthers.
  • Pitt won last season meeting 4-0 at Ambrose Urbanic Field as a Rodrigue Almeida scored two goals and valentine christmas added his own goal in the win.
  • The Tar Heels are 4-0 against Pitt in games played at Chapel Hill.
  • The first meeting between the two teams took place in 2013 in Pittsburgh, a match won 1-0 by UNC.

DISCOVERING THE TAR HEELS

  • North Carolina enters Friday’s game with an overall record of 2-1 after falling at home to the Florida International on Saturday, 2-1.
  • With the loss, the Tar Heels dropped out of United’s top 25 football manager poll. They receive nine votes in this week’s poll.
  • Milo Garvanian leads UNC’s offensive output so far this season with two goals, an assist and five points while Hilli Goldhar and Key White have each scored a goal this year.
  • UNC was chosen to finish second in the Coastal Division behind Pitt in the preseason coaches’ poll. Midfielder Sebastian Schacht has been placed on the ACC’s preseason watch list.
  • Defenseman Til Zinnhardt was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List after spending three successful seasons in Tulsa, earning 44 starts for the Golden Hurricanes.

THE FRENCH CONNECTION

  • The midfield combination valentine christmas and forward Bertin Jacquesson has been deadly for the Panthers over the past three seasons.
  • The two prolific scorers didn’t disappoint early on as they combined for six goals and 15 points in four games.
  • Jacquesson picked up the winning goal in the 5-0 win over Howard while Noel picked up an assist.
  • The two Frenchmen have combined to score 38 goals for Pitt over the past three seasons. The 38 goals are the most of any ACC pair in the past three seasons.
  • Noel currently ranks fifth in program history in goals (27) and sixth in points (65). He is one point behind fifth place (Alexander Dexter) and two points behind fourth place (Robert Cuthbert) on the all-time list.
  • Jacquesson is currently third in program history in assists (20). He currently leads all active NCAA players in assists per game (0.48).
  • Noel has 65 points in 60 career games while Jacquesson has 48 points in 42 career games.

EXPERIENCED IN THE MIDDLE PITCH

  • Graduate student jackson walti has been a mainstay in the Panthers’ central midfield since stepping onto campus in 2018.
  • Walti currently leads all NCAA Division I football players in minutes played with 7,410 career minutes for Pitt. His 83 games were also the most played by any Division I player.
  • A native of Switzerland, Walti has played 83 games and started 80 during his career while adding four goals, five assists and 37 shots.
  • Junior Philip Mirkovic also brings a lot of on-court experience to the Panthers as he has played 41 games and started 37 in his young career.
  • Mirkovic returned to the lineup Monday night and responded with a goal and an assist. It was his sixth multi-point game of his career.
  • The junior posted seven goals, eight assists and 22 points to go with 46 shots in three years of action.

VAN DER SAR SOLID BETWEEN PIPE FOR PITT

  • After serving as backup goaltender for the Panthers last season, senior goaltender Joe van der Sar made a nice transition into Pitt’s starting role.
  • The talented goaltender has started all four games for the Panthers this season with a 3-1 record and a 0.75 goals-against average with two shutouts.
  • After making his first career start in the win over No. 2 Georgetown, van der Sar picked up his first career clean sheet in the Panthers’ 3-0 win over No. 6 West Virginia last week. home. He then picked up his second shutout of the season against Howard on Monday.
  • He is the son of former professional goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, considered by many to be one of the greatest goalkeepers of all time. Edwin is currently the general manager of AFC Ajax, a team that plays in the first division in the Netherlands.
  • Edwin made 605 goal appearances for Ajax, Juventus, Fulham and Manchester United during his professional career. He also made 130 appearances for the Netherlands national team.

NEXT

  • 10 Pitt returns home on Friday, Sept. 16 as he hosts NC State at 7:00 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Friday’s game will be broadcast live on ACC Network.




John Krysinsky has covered football and other sports for many years for various publications and media. He is also the author of ‘Miracle on the Mon’ – a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years at Highmark Stadium with the leading and centered narrative of a remarkable game that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, served as a color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup matches and the International Champions Cup in the United States. . Krysinsky also served as head men’s soccer coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to first-ever winning seasons and first playoff berths (1996-98); Northern Catholic Boys Head Coach (2007-08), Shady Side Academy Boys Associate Head Coach (2009-2014).


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