Feb. 15, 20172017 Spring Schedule Announced
PITTSBURGH – In preparation for the 2017 campaign, the Pitt men’s soccer team will play six games this spring including three at Ambrose Urbanic Field in the Petersen Sports Complex.
The Panthers recently added six highly experienced players in mid-January that are already making an immediate impact on the program. Vidovich then announced in early February the addition of three talented incoming freshmen that will begin training in the summer with the squad.
“I am excited to finally get back out on the field and play these games,” head coach Jay Vidovich said. “It will be a great first test for us since adding some new players and working hard during the offseason.”
Pitt’s spring schedule consists of three home and three away games. The Panthers will open play with one of the top Canadian club teams, Sigma FC, Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. Sigma FC is a program that has produced numerous Division I student-athletes that have gone on to the professional ranks.
Nearby United Soccer League team, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, will then make the short trip to Pitt’s campus for a 1 p.m. kick Saturday, March 4. The match will serve as a preseason game for the Riverhounds.
The Panthers take on cross-town foe Duquesne Friday, March 17, at Rooney field on Duquesne’s campus. A consistent preseason opponent for Pitt, the Dukes concluded the 2016 season 8-5-5 overall while finishing 3-2-3 against A-10 opponents.
The Panthers first true road trip will be to Philadelphia, Pa., where they will face Penn for the first time in program history Saturday, March 25, for a 2 p.m. kick at Rhoades Field. The Quakers season fell short a year ago as they fell to Columbia, concluding the season 5-5-6 and 3-3-1 in the Ivy League.
The team will return to Pittsburgh Saturday, April 1, to take on another first-time opponent, Michigan, at 6 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field. The Wolverines enter the new season after producing top defender Lars Eckenrode, who was a fourth round MLS Superdraftee at the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Pitt’s last test of the spring will be against Georgetown in Washington, D.C., Saturday, April 8 at noon. The former Big East foes have met 27 times in program history, with the last clash coming in the Panthers’ final season in the conference in 2012. Georgetown finished 2016 with a 6-9-2 overall record, while going 3-4-2 in the Big East.
Since the end of the 2016 season, Vidovich has added depth to the offensive front while continuing to build a strong culture within the Pitt men’s soccer program. In addition to the nine newcomers, the Panthers return a handful of starters from a year ago including defenders Bryce Cregan and Tom Moxham.
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