NCAA Men’s Soccer Tournament – Round Two
Pitt (11-5-1, CCA Coastal Division champions)
Northern Illinois (15-2-2, MAC champions)
Urban Field Ambrose
Sunday 21 November 2021 | 4:00 p.m.
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30 ′ – THE PANTHERS TAKE THE LEAD‼ ️‼ ️
Bertin Jacquesson gives Pitt the advantage 2-1 in the 30th minute!
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A critical response from Pitt.
Jacquesson finds G to tie the game 1-1 in Pittsburgh.
– Pitt Men’s Football (@Pitt_MSOC) November 21, 2021
Less than 24 hours before the NCAA playoffs at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
No. 5 seeded Pitt vs. Northern Illinois
– Pitt Men’s Football (@Pitt_MSOC) November 21, 2021
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Pitt Play Notes
THE SERIES – NORTH OF ILLINOIS
– The Panthers and Huskies meet for the first time in program history Sunday afternoon.
– The head coach Jay vidovitch also meets northern Illinois for the first time in a 27-year career.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
– Northern Illinois enter the game with an overall record of 15-2-2. He finished the season 4-0-2 in the MAC while winning the Conference Championship with a 2-1 double-overtime victory over Georgia State on November 14.
–The Huskies recently beat Oakland, 2-1, at home Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
– Northern Illinois enter with the fifth best offense in the country, averaging 2.47 goals per game. His 47 goals rank fourth in the country, while his 40 assists and 134 points are ranked 21st and sixth in the country, respectively.
– The Huskies’ leader is Nick Markanich, who leads the nation in goals scored (16), total points (37) and game-winning goals (7). His efforts throughout the season have earned him the MAC Player of the Year for the second year in a row.
– Nick’s brother Anthony Markanich is second on the team in points (18) with five goals and eight assists.
– The Huskies are 2-1 in games against common opponents of Pitt this year, defeating West Virginia (2-0) and Akron (2-1) while falling to Notre Dame (2-0).
– Head Coach Ryan Swan was named the Gary V. Palmisano Conference Coach of the Year.
NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY
– Pitt hosts his third NCAA tournament and his second at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
– The Panthers’ first NCAA game in Pittsburgh was held at Pitt Stadium on November 22, 1965 against East Stroudsburg (L, 2-0).
– Pitt hosted Lehigh at Ambrose Urbanic Field on November 21, 2019 in the first round. The 2-0 victory that night was the first NCAA tournament victory in program history.
–The Panthers return to Ambrose Urbanic Field in the NCAA tournament exactly two years after the date of their first win in the NCAA tournament.
LOEFFELSEND AT THE TOP OF THE ALL-ACC AWARDS
– Graduated student Jasper loeffelsend headlined the All-ACC playoff awards, winning the ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He was also named to the All-ACC First Team for the second consecutive season.
– Löeffelsend is the first consecutive DPOTY since Ike Opara of Wake Forest in 2008-09. The Head Coach Jay vidovitch coached Opara during his 20-year coaching career with the Demon Deacons.
– Vidovich has been named ACC Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season and the seventh time in his career.
– A program record, six players were named in the All-ACC second team – Rodrigo Almeida, Bertin Jacquesson, Valentine christmas, Arturo Ordoñez, Veljko Petkovic and Jackson walti.
– Nico Campuzano got a place in the third team, while Guilherme Feitosa won the All-ACC freshman team.
– The Panthers have had a total of 19 players selected to All-ACC teams over the past two years.
WHEN PITT BRINGS FIRST
– Pitt is 10-0-1 on the season when he scored the game’s first goal.
– Over the past two seasons, the Panthers are 25-0-1 when they scored first.
– Dating back to 2016 during Jay Vidovich’s first season as Pitt’s head coach, the Panthers are 50-6-1 in games where they scored the first goal.
– Under Vidovich, the Panthers played their first draw by scoring the first goal in Virginia on October 22 (2-2).
JACQUESSON IN FUE
– Second year French Bertin Jacquesson has been a major offensive contributor this season, scoring five goals, eight assists and averaging 1.06 points per game.
– The forward converted his lone shot to a goal against Clemson (September 25) and continued that game with two assists in a home win over Syracuse (10/1).
– He scored four points in Pitt’s shutout win over Cleveland State (10/5) with one goal and two assists and assisted Pitt in his 3-2 win over No.3 Duke (10/9) with a goal.
– Jacquesson got his fifth assist of the season against Virginia on the first goal of Valentin Noël’s game.
– He followed the game against Virginia with his sixth assist of the season against UMass.
–Jacquesson scored Pitt’s first goal against No.21 Virginia Tech, helping Pitt score three goals in under seven minutes in the first half in a 4-1 win.
– The Frenchman recorded two assists in Pitt’s 2-1 double OT quarter-final win over Virginia Tech, his fifth multi-assist game of his career.
– Jacquesson is second on the team in points (18), tied for third in goals (5) and tied for first in assists (8). He is second on the team with a penalty shootout percentage of 0.543 (min. 10 shots).
ADVANTAGE OF LAWN AT HOME
– The Panthers have been one of the best teams in the country on their home turf, owning a 20-3-1 over the past three seasons.
– Pitt organized a 19-game winning streak at home from October 7, 2019 until November 10, 2021, which at the time was the ACC’s longest streak and the second longest unbeaten streak in the country.
– Pitt fell 2-0 at home in the ACC semi-final against No.20 Notre Dame on November 10 for the first time since a loss on October 4, 2019 to No.20 North Carolina North.
– The head coach Jay vidovitch is 28-16-3 at home in six+ seasons at Pitt and 19-3-1 in the last two seasons at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
– Since the start of the 2019 season, Pitt has dominated his opponent 75-26 at home with a 34-10 record this season.