June 28, 2013
PITTSBURGH – The University of Pittsburgh men’s soccer team has unveiled its 2013 schedule, head coach Joe Luxbacher announced on Friday. The Panthers will face seven teams that qualified for last year’s NCAA Tournament.
All home games - 12 in total - will be played at Ambrose Urbanic Field at the Petersen Sports Complex.
We are excited about the upcoming fall season and have put together a strong schedule,” said Luxbacher, who enters his 30th season as head coach at his alma mater this fall. “The non-conference competition coupled with a challenging league schedule will test this team each and every game.”
Following exhibitions at Cal PA (Aug. 21) and at home against Detroit (Aug. 24) and McMaster (Aug. 25), the Panthers officially begin the 2013 season versus Oakland on Friday, August 30.
Other non-conference match-ups include Longwood (Sept. 1), NCAA participant Xavier (Oct. 1), William & Mary (Oct. 15) and Howard (Nov. 5).
The first test in ACC play will be at N.C. State on Friday, Sept. 6. Pitt returns home for a pair of league contests on consecutive weekends, facing Boston College (Sept. 14) and Wake Forest (Sept. 21). The next two ACC games are on the road for the Panthers – at 2012 NCAA Semi-finalist Maryland on Sept. 27 and at 2009 NCAA Champion Virginia on Oct. 4.
Pitt is home for five of its next seven games, beginning with an Oct. 8 mid-week game against Virginia Tech. A non-conference contest versus the Tribe is sandwiched between road games at Syracuse (Oct. 12) and Clemson (Oct. 18). The Panthers begin a three-game homestand, hosting North Carolina on Oct. 26 and Duke on Nov. 2. It concludes with a non-conference tilt against Howard on Nov.5.
Pitt concludes the regular season at Notre Dame on Nov. 8.
The quarterfinal round of the 2013 ACC Men’s Soccer Championship will take place on Nov. 12 at campus sites. The semifinals and championship match are slated for Nov. 15-17 at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Germantown, Md.
The Panthers return 15 letterwinners from last year’s squad which posted a 6-9-2 overall mark. Pitt will celebrate the 60th anniversary of men’s soccer at the school this fall – its first in the ACC.