The No. 7 Pitt men’s soccer team faced Notre Dame at Alumni Soccer Stadium in South Bend on Saturday night, and although it was a hard-fought battle, the Panthers fell to the Fighting Irish 1-0 in double-overtime.
During the first half, it seemed things would shake out differently, as Pitt outshot Notre Dame 4-3 and seemed to be the more aggressive side in the early goings. However, none of those scoring chances paid off, and Notre Dame would clamp down in the second half, only allowing Pitt to get one shot off. Meanwhile, the Irish got off five shots, but with none of the teams’ combined 13 shots finding the back of the net in regulation, the game would have to be decided in overtime.
Notre Dame once again outshot Pitt in the first overtime period, reeling off five shots while Pitt recorded none. However, the shots would once again amount to nothing, and a second overtime period would be required. And five minutes and seven seconds into double-overtime, it was Irish forward Dawson McCartney who broke the stalemate after Pitt goalkeeper Nico Campuzano came off his line and fended off a shot. McCartney would collect the rebound and send in a bomb of a shot to secure the 1-0 win for Notre Dame.
The loss dropped Pitt to 8-4 on the season and 4-2 in conference. Meanwhile, Notre Dame ascended to the top of the table in the ACC, with an 8-4-1 overall record and a 4-1-1 record in the ACC. The loss also ended a winning streak of Pitt’s at four games and prevented the Panthers from taking the lead in the ACC.
Pitt’s next challenge will be a matchup with Virginia at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville. The contest will air on the ACC Network and will get underway Friday at 7 p.m. ET.