The Pitt men’s soccer team upset No. 3 Duke 3-2 at Ambrose Urbanic Field last Saturday, and it was able to do so thanks to Pitt midfielder Guilherme Feitosa. The freshman star out of Brazil set up all three of Pitt’s goals in the game, and prior to that, he scored the game-winning goal in a 4-0 rout of Cleveland State. And for his efforts, Feitosa was named the ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
The first of Feitosa’s three assists against Duke came in the 40th minute of the game, when he found Pitt midfielder Filip Mirkovic at the top of the box and Mirkovic put a shot away to tie the game at one. The second came seven minutes into the second half, when Feitosa found Mirkovic once more and Mirkovic banked a shot off Duke defender Ian Murphy to give Pitt a 2-1 lead. And the third came in the closing minutes of the contest, when Feitosa linked up with Pitt forward Bertin Jacquesson for what would be Pitt’s final goal of the game.
Feitosa has only been a starter for Pitt’s last four games, but he has made an instant impact since securing the role. After a quiet outing in Pitt’s 2-0 shutout of Clemson, Feitosa scored the first goal of his collegiate career in Pitt’s 3-2 win over Syracuse, and it just so happened to be the golden goal that sealed the game for Pitt in double-overtime. And in the following game against Cleveland State, Feitosa scored the early game-winner in a 4-0 rout. And while he did not contribute any goals in the 3-2 upset of Duke, Feitosa flexed his versatility and earned the first major honor of his career.
Feitosa is the third Pitt player to earn Player of the Week honors from the ACC this season. The first was Matt Bailey, who was honored on Sept. 28 after scoring the first goal of his career against Clemson, and Veljko Petkovic was honored on Aug. 31 after coming up with two goals and two assists against Duquesne.
Honored alongside Feitosa as a fellow Co-Offensive Player of the Week was Notre Dame forward Daniel Russo, who scored in his team’s wins over Clemson and Purdue Fort Wayne. And the ACC Defensive Player of the Week was Notre Dame defender Philip Quinton, who helped his team notch back-to-back shutouts. That should set up an interesting weekend, as Pitt and Notre Dame will play Saturday, pitting the ACC’s top stars against each other.
In the matchup, Feitosa will look to keep a three-game point streak alive, while Pitt, which is now ranked No. 7 in the nation, will look to extend its current winning streak to five games. Meanwhile, Notre Dame will look to achieve the same feat, as the Fighting Irish have won their last four games. The Pitt-Notre Dame matchup is set to get underway from Alumni Soccer Stadium in South Bend at 7 p.m. ET.