Pittsburgh vs. Notre Dame
CC Men’s Soccer Quarterfinal

Pitt vs Notre Dame

November 10, 2021  |  5 p.m.  |  Ambrose Urbanic Field

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The Pitt Panthers are riding an impressive 19-game home winning streak, but it was put to a stern test on Sunday in the Quarterfinal Round when Virginia Tech nearly executed an upset of the top-seeded team in the ACC Tournament with stingy defense, solid goalkeeping from former Riverhounds Development Academy and Philadelphia Union II standout Ben Martino and a counter-attack that had to keep Pitt honest.

Notre Dame, who stunned the Panthers in South Bend earlier this year in overtime, will try to follow the same formula. The Irish and the Panthers played an even match through 60 minutes the first time around, but Notre Dame were stronger in the late stages as they found opportunities to hit Pitt on the counter, eventually finding the game winner in extra time from Valentin Noel.

Remarkably, Notre Dame has played six matches this season that have gone to extra time, while Pitt has gone to extra time three times.  The Irish and Louisville went the distance on Sunday, playing a scoreless affair in regulations and extra time, with the Irish winning the match in a penalty kick shootout.

Speaking of Valentin Noel, here’s a feature on the talented Pitt junior, who may not be scoring goals at the same rate this season, but has still been an extremely valuable part of the Panthers’ success this Fall.

Pitt’s Game Notes

THE SERIES – NOTRE DAME

  • The Pitt Panthers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish will meet for the fifth time in two seasons, matching up in the ACC Semifinals for the second consecutive year.
  • The five times in two seasons is a program record for the Panthers, having not seen a team more than three times in a two year span prior.
  • Notre Dame leads the all-time series 19-7-3, while Pitt has won three of the last four. The Fighting Irish won, 1-0, in double-overtime in the last matchup on Oct. 16 in South Bend.
  • Head Coach Jay Vidovich is 7-7-1 all-time against Notre Dame.

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SCOUTING THE FIGHTING IRISH

  • Notre Dame enters Wednesday with an overall record of 10-5-3. The Fighting Irish finished with a 4-2-2 record in ACC play, earning the No. 5 seed in the ACC Championship.
  • Notre Dame enters with the fifth most goals (41) in the nation and third most among ACC schools. Its 119 total points are eight best in the country and fourth best in the conference.
  • Jack Lynn leads the team with 17 points, scoring a team-high seven goals with three assists. Lynn has totaled 55 shots, 23 shots on goal and three game-winners.
  • Dawson McCartney is first on the team with five assists and has five goals to his name. Of his goal total, four have been game-winners this year, including the 1-0 double-OT at home vs. Pitt. That mark ranks 15th nationally and first in the league.
  • Of Notre Dame’s 18 games played, six have ended in extra time. The Fighting Irish most recently tied 0-0 to No. 4 seed Louisville and prevailed 3-0 in penalty kicks to advance to the ACC Semifinal round.

HOME TURF ADVANTAGE

  • The Panthers extended their home winning streak to 19 games with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Virginia Tech in the ACC Quarterfinal Nov. 7.
  • Pitt’s 19-straight matches won at Ambrose Urbanic Field is currently the most at any home venue in the conference. Clemson previously held that title with 31-straight wins at Historic Riggs Field before Pitt defeated them 2-0 Sept. 25.
  • In addition to the longest active streak in the ACC, the Panthers currently hold the second longest unbeaten streak at home in the nation.
  • Pitt’s last home loss came Oct. 4, 2019 against No. 20 North Carolina (2-1).
  • Head Coach Jay Vidovich is 28-15-3 at home in six plus seasons at Pitt and is 19-2-1 in the past two seasons at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
  • Since the Panthers 6-0 victory at home vs. Howard Oct. 7, 2019, Pitt has outscored its opposition 64-15 with a 34-8 mark this season.

LAW-FULL-ZEND’S IT IN

  • Graduate student Jasper Löeffelsend (yas-pur Law-full-zend) finished the 2020-21 season as one of the best passers in the country and is keeping that status this season.
  • The Cologne, Germany, product is 8th in the nation in assists per game (0.62) and is tied for first in the ACC in total assists (8).
  • The defender recorded his first assist of the year at West Virginia and followed that match up with two at home vs. Lehigh.
  • Löeffelsend registered an assist against both North Carolina and Penn State before tallying two at home vs. Cleveland State.
  • He scored his first and second career goals at home vs. UMass Oct. 25, scoring two second half goals – and an eventual game-winner – in the 5-1 victory.
  • Löeffelsend assisted Valentin Noel’s game-winning goal against Virginia Tech in the ACC Quarterfinal, his eighth assist of the season.
  • In 28 career games, he is third all-time in career assists with 17.

PITT RANKED NO. 5 IN UPDATED POLL

  • The Panthers were ranked No. 5 in the updated United Soccer Coaches poll Nov. 9.
  • This marks the 31st-straight week the Panthers have been ranked.
  • Of the 31 weeks ranked, 21 have been in the Top-5 and 26 in the Top-10.

By rajib