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Pitt soccer programs conclude disappointing seasons

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Pitt's men's and women's soccer teams both ended their seasons recently and both were disappointments.

The men lost their season finale on Saturday against No. 5 Notre Dame, 4-1. The Panthers were 4-9-4 on the year and were winless in the ACC, picking up only a couple of ties against Virginia Tech and North Carolina State. Pitt had the worst record in the conference and their two ACC ties came against two of the worst teams in the league as well. The Pitt men weren't anywhere close to having a successful season, really, and six of the team's nine losses were by two goals or more.

The Pitt women fared a little better ... but not much. The Panthers finished their season on Saturday as well, with a 3-1 loss to No. 3 Virginia. The women's team began their season 4-2 and were .500 as recently as October. Pitt, however, lost their last six matches to finish the year 6-12-0.

Neither program did all that much this year, but the women's team has a slightly better outlook. They were .500 fairly late into the year, won a couple of conference matches, and as the Pitt News recently pointed out, will return 25 of 28 players. Earlier this year, too, the program had the No. 14 recruiting class in the nation.

A rough year for both programs, but to an outsider who rarely watches soccer, the women seem to be a little closer to having some success.

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