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Ahead of a 2021-22 school year where many of Pitt’s teams have lofty hopes, senior staff writer Kyle Saxon ranks the top five athletic programs to watch next year.

Column | The top five Pitt programs to watch in 2021

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer June 28, 2021
Over the past year, several Panther teams reached unprecedented heights and are poised to find even more success in the coming season.
Staff writer Griffin Floyd argued that if students want to see Panther teams succeed at the highest level, they must turn to non-revenue sports such as baseball and women’s volleyball.

Column | To get full Pitt Athletics experience, fans must invest in non-revenue sports

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer June 27, 2021
Non-revenue sports are an untapped gold mine for viewing pleasure, especially as they leave Pitt’s flagship sports in the dust from a competitive standpoint.
Pitt men’s soccer head coach Jay Vidovich displayed immense pride in the progress his team made after their season ended at the hands of No. 3 Indiana in the College Cup.

Despite falling just short in 2021, Panthers poised for long-term success

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer May 19, 2021
The emotions that typically accompany a loss in the national semifinal are shock, disappointment and heartbreak. But for Pitt men’s soccer, these feelings didn’t linger — instead, the notions of progress and optimism prevailed. 
Despite controlling possession for much of the match, the Panthers’ historic season came to an underwhelming end on Friday as Pitt fell to Indiana 1-0.

Panthers’ historic season ends in 1-0 loss to Indiana

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer May 15, 2021
In its first College Cup appearance in program history, No. 2 Pitt men’s soccer faced one of the most accomplished programs in all of Division I soccer in the No. 3 Indiana Hoosiers. In their 21st trip to the national semifinal, the Hoosiers bested the Panthers 1-0.
The Pitt Panthers defeated the Washington Huskies 3-0 to advance to their first ever College Cup.

Pitt defeats Washington 3-0 to advance to program’s first College Cup

By Zack Gibney, Staff Writer May 10, 2021
No. 2 Pitt (16-3) men’s soccer reached a program milestone Monday afternoon at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N. C., after defeating the No. 7 Washington Huskies (12-4) 3-0 to reach the College Cup for the first time in program history.
The Panthers netted three goals in the first half and capitalized on several mistakes from the UCF backline in an impressive 4-0 victory.

Pitt advances to Elite 8 after dominant 4-0 victory over UCF

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer May 6, 2021
Coming off a dominant 6-1 victory over Monmouth in its opening match, No. 2 Pitt men’s soccer showcased its offensive firepower once again in a convincing 4-0 shutout of Central Florida at a neutral site in Cary, N.C.
Coming off its third loss of the season, No. 2 Pitt men’s soccer bounced back convincingly in the team’s opening match of the NCAA tournament, defeating the Monmouth Hawks 6-1.

Panthers earn second-ever NCAA tournament win in 6-1 rout of Monmouth

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer May 3, 2021
Coming off its third loss of the season, No. 2 Pitt men’s soccer bounced back convincingly in the team’s opening match of the NCAA tournament, defeating the Monmouth Hawks 6-1.
For the second consecutive season, Pitt men’s soccer is headed to the NCAA tournament. The Panthers earned the No. 2 overall seed in the bracket, and will face the winner of Monmouth and Bowling Green in their first match on May 2.

Pitt men’s soccer faces favorable draw in NCAA tournament, chance to capitalize

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer April 23, 2021
For the second consecutive season, Pitt men’s soccer is headed to the NCAA tournament.
The Panthers (13-3, 9-2) fell to No. 4 Clemson (13-3-2, 8-3-2) 2-0, the team’s second loss of the season to the Tigers. The ACC’s automatic qualifier play-in game Saturday night took place at Clemson’s Historic Riggs Field.

No. 1 Pitt men’s soccer foiled again by No. 4 Clemson in chance for NCAA tournament bid

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer April 17, 2021
The Tigers earned the ACC’s automatic NCAA tournament bid with the win, meaning Pitt will have to wait until selection day.
Photo by Thomas Yang, Senior Staff Photographer

Preview: Pitt men’s soccer to avenge previous loss to Clemson in Saturday rematch

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer April 16, 2021
Pitt men’s soccer clinched the ACC Coastal division title with a 5-0 win over Virginia last weekend. The Panthers look to keep their momentum rolling as No. 1 Pitt will take on No. 4 Clemson for the chance to claim the ACC conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
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