Coming off of a big ACC win over North Carolina, their was some concern about a letdown from the Pitt men’s soccer team coming into their match against Penn State.
Jay Vidovich’s Panther team showed maturity and were able to put that game behind them and focused on Penn State, which resulted in a 1-0 road win for Pitt (4-2). The win at State College was Pitt’s first since 1966.
The lone goal and only one needed was netted by senior Rodrigo Almeida in the sixth minute of the match. This was Almeida’s 5th goal of the season, which leads the ACC and is tied for second in the NCAA. Almeida’s goal was assisted by Jasper Loeffelsend, which is his fifth assist of the season, which leads the nation.
“I thought we did a very good job starting the match and finding the first goal,” said Vidovich. “I thought were in control for most of the match. We kept the ball, pressed high and moved them but credit to Penn State who didn’t break when we got into their final third. I am very content with what we did and I am proud of the guys.”
Pitt outshot Penn State 8-3 in the second half and 16-5 for the match. Goalie Nico Campuzano picked up the win for Pitt, the 20th of his career. He is now fourth all-time for career wins at Pitt.
Next up for the Panthers is an ACC road match against Wake Forest.