The Pitt men’s soccer team recently wrapped up a successful 16-5 season with a run to the College Cup, and the team is expected to maintain its status as a contender for the foreseeable future thanks to its roster full of young talent. One of the brightest young stars on the team is Bertin Jacquesson, and he was recognized as such this week by Top Drawer Soccer, which named him the Freshman of the Year for the 2020-21 season.
Jacquesson took no time at all to acclimate to the college game, as he came up with one goal and one assist in his Pitt debut on Sept. 26. During that game, the French forward led an unranked Pitt team to a 3-1 upset of No. 5 Notre Dame in South Bend. In the Panthers’ next outing, he would score the game-winning goal in overtime and help his team to a 3-2 victory over Syracuse on Oct. 6. And four days later, Jacquesson would come up with three assists in a 4-2 win over Virginia Tech.
Jacquesson would finish the regular season with three goals and six assists, and that would be enough to snag him ACC Freshman of the Year honors as well as a place on the All-ACC second team. He would add one more goal and one more assist to his totals in the postseason as well, bringing his totals to four goals and seven assists in his first season at Pitt. His assist total ranked ninth in the nation, and no freshman had more last season.
Given the promising start to Jacquesson’s career and the strides other offensive stars have made at Pitt under Jay Vidovich, it seems the best is yet to come from the French star. And with Top Drawer Soccer Player of the Year Veljko Petkovic returning to the Panthers in addition to Hermann Trophy finalist Valentin Noel, the team should be loaded with talent when it takes the field again in the fall.