Earlier, I wrote about a top 50 recruit that Pitt men's soccer coach Jay Vidovich landed for this season in forward Edward Kizza (name up for debate as I've seen him referred to as Kizza Edward and Edward Kizza - the Pitt website says Edward Kizza). It was an astonishing grab for a program that has been at the bottom of the ACC since they joined the conference.
Kizza is already gaining some early recognition and is primed for a big first year. Top Drawer Soccer recently named him to their national preseason All Freshman team. He is one of 11 players in the entire country to make the team and one of three forwards.
Pitt's soccer team has a long way to go, obviously. They are 1-1 in their two exhibition games this year, defeating American, 4-1, and losing 1-0 to VCU. The team was only 2-13-3 last year and in one of those victories, they needed double overtime to defeat Duquesne. It's hard not envisioning some kind of improvement this season. And as I said before, if Vidovich can land kids like Kizza and Chandler Vaughn (a 2018 top 20 recruit) without winning anything yet, imagine what he'll be able to do if the Panthers start to improve.
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