Pitt establishes itself as contender to return to Men's College Cup

After suffering back-to-back losses on the road at West Virginia (2-1) and Akron (2-1), Pitt returned home, where it has not lost in almost two years, and crushed North Carolina, 4-0, in their ACC season opener.

The Tar Heels came into the game ranked No. 4 in the country but they were no match for the Panthers, who scored all four goals in the first 48 minutes. The match drew 1,115 fans at Ambrose Urbanic Field.

This win marked Pitt's first-ever win against Carolina and extended its home winning streak to 13 games. It also moved the Panthers up 10 spots to No. 5 in the country.

Brazilian Rodrigo Almeida led Pitt with two first-half goals. Veljko Petkovic, the New York City FC academy product from Queens, opened the scoring with his fourth goal of the season in the 12th minute and assisted on Almeida's first goal and Frenchman Valentin Noel's goal to close out the scoring.

Pitt reached the Men's College Cup for the first time in the spring, and the win over UNC firmly establishes the Panthers as title contenders in the fall.

"I'm very excited after tonight's performance," said Pitt coach Jay Vidovich. "This being the first win in program history over North Carolina and it was a dream to see a crowd like this and have a twelfth man get involved and help us. That type of atmosphere is fantastic for college soccer."
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