No. 2 Panthers host Howard for non-conference matchup Monday night

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PITTSBURG – Pitt’s men’s soccer team (2-1-0) heads home Monday night as the Howard Bison (0-2-0) come to town for a non-conference matchup at Ambrose Urbanic Field. Monday’s game kicks off at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ACC Network Extra.

FOLLOW

  • Monday night’s contest will be live on ACC Network Extra and can be found online HERE.
  • Live stats from Friday’s match are available HERE.
  • Live updates throughout the game will also be posted on Twitter by following the Pitt men’s soccer account @Pitt_MSOC.

THE SERIES – HOWARD

  • The meeting marks the 10th all-time between the two programs, with the Panthers holding a 6-3-0 series advantage over the Bison.
  • The Panthers have won six of the last seven meetings between the two teams after Howard started the series with the first two wins.
  • Both teams last played in 2019 in Pittsburgh as the Panthers won 6-0 at home.
  • Pitt beat the Bison 25-9 in the all-time series.

SCOUTING THE BISON

  • Howard comes into Monday’s game 0-2-0 after losing two games 2-0 to Fairfield and Monmouth.
  • The Bison were outshot 25-12 in the first two games of the season while their opponents have a 13-8 advantage in corner kicks.
  • Howard fires his top scorer from a season ago, Bryson Baker. The sophomore scored a team-high five goals as a rookie last season while earning NEC All-Rookie team honors. He currently leads the team with four shots this season.
  • Sammy Oladeji will be looking to build on a solid second season in which he scored four goals and 12 shots for the Bison.

ADVANTAGE OF HOME GRASS

  • The Panthers have been one of the best teams in the nation on home turf for the past four seasons, going 26-3-1 at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
  • Pitt held a 19-game winning streak at home from October 7, 2019 to November 10, 2021, which at the time was the longest streak in the ACC and the second-longest unbeaten streak in the nation.
  • The head coach Jay Vidovitch is 32-16-3 at home in seven seasons at Pitt.
  • Since the start of the 2019 season, Pitt has outscored opponents 89-29 at home, including a 43-12 advantage last season.
  • The Panthers’ home winning percentage over the past four seasons is the best in the ACC (.883).

ACC Home Win % Last 4 Seasons
1. Pitt 26-3-1.883

2. Clemson 32-3-4 .872
3. Wake Forest 32-6-3 .817
4. BC 16-2-5 .804
5. Virginia 28-8-3 .756

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 7,243 career minutes for Pitt. His 82 games were also the most played by any Division I player.
  • A native of Switzerland, Walti has played 82 games and started 79 during his career while adding four goals, five assists and 36 shots.
  • Junior Philip Mirkovic also brings a lot of on-court experience to the Panthers as he has played 40 games and started 36 in his young career.
  • Mirkovic had six goals, seven assists and 19 points to go with 43 shots in three years of action.

INTERNATIONAL PANTHERS

  • Pitt began recruiting internationals from head coach Jay Vidovitch took over the program in 2015 and it’s a recipe for success for the Panthers.
  • The Panthers have a total of 15 players on their roster outside of the United States.
  • In total, Pitt features players from eight different countries, including Austria, Switzerland, Germany, France, Brazil, the Netherlands, Italy and the United States.

Countries Represented (ACC)

1. North Carolina 11
2. Boston College 9
Virginia 9
Virginia Tech 9
5. Pitt 8

Duke 8
Louisville 8
NC State 8
Syracuse 8
10.Clemson 6
Wake Forest 6
12. Notre Dame 5

NEXT

  • No. 2 Pitt opens ACC play on Friday, Sept. 9 as he travels to Chapel Hill to face No. 13 North Carolina at 7:00 p.m. Friday’s game will be broadcast live on ACC Network.

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