Extract from the report of the Sports Department of the University of Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH – Pitt’s 2021 women’s football schedule finalized, head coach Randy Waldrum announced Friday. Returning to an 18-game regular season with 10 ACC competitions, the Panthers welcome 10 opponents to Ambrose Urbanic Field and face six teams that were domestic seeds in the NCAA tournament last spring.
“I am extremely excited about this fall season and working with all of our new and old players,” said Waldrum.
“The schedule that we have compiled is certainly a challenge, but I know our players will rise to it. We’re obviously playing in the best conference in the country, so that part of the schedule is always tough. We have some great ACC home games in the ACC with North Carolina, State of North Carolina, Virginia Tech, British Columbia and Wake Forest all coming to us. Additionally, our non-conference program features both Oklahoma State on the Road and TCU Home, two Big XII schools that were in the top ten on the leaderboard throughout last year. Overall, a third of our schedule will be against teams that were nationally ranked last season. We can’t wait to take on the challenge and look forward to seeing our fans help us out again with home court advantage! “
Home ACC Slate: Virginia Tech (Oct 2), North Carolina (Oct 7), Boston College (Oct 21), Wake Forest (Oct 24) and NC State (Oct 28)
The Panthers open the home championship game against the Hokies. The following week, Pitt hosted the Tar Heels, which had just reached the College Cup. The regular season ends with a three-game homestand against the Eagles, Demon Deacons and Wolfpack. Pitt has beaten Boston College at home for the past two years and beat NC State at Ambrose in 2019 in the two schools’ last meeting.
ACC road slate: Clemson (September 16), Florida State (September 23), Miami (September 26), Duke (October 10) and Syracuse (October 16)
Pitt faces three ACC teams on the road that reached at least the Elite Eight last spring, Clemson, Florida State and Duke. The Panthers begin ACC action with the Tigers, which Pitt took in overtime at Clemson for the past two years. A trip to the Sunshine State ensued for a clash against the Seminoles, second national, then the Hurricanes. The Panthers face the Blue Devils for the first time in four years and travel to Syracuse for only the second time since the two joined the ACC for the 2013 season.
OSU Cowgirl 2021 Invitation: Tulsa (August 19), State of Oklahoma (August 22)
The 2021 season officially begins in Stillwater, Okla. for the Panthers’ very first clashes against the Hurricanes and Cowgirls. Pitt kicks off the fall slate against first ever-coach DI Waldrum school, Tulsa (both men’s and women’s teams 1989-94). Last year, the state of Oklahoma reached Sweet 16 as No. 10 seeds.
Home games without conference: Cleveland State (August 26), NJIT (August 29), TCU (September 5), Saint Francis (September 9), Towson (September 12)
The first matches at Ambrose are another pair of first-time confrontations. The Panthers welcome another Big 12 team that had a deep run in last spring’s playoffs, the Horned Frogs who qualified for the Elite Eight as a No. 4 seed.
A trip to Philly: Saint-Joseph (Sept. 2)
Pitt is heading east on the freeway for his last non-conference clash against the Hawks, whom the Panthers beat 2-0 in 2019 in the only clash between the two schools.
Exhibitions: Youngstown State (August 10), Ohio State (August 13)
Pitt is traveling to neighboring western Pennsylvania for his two shows to prepare for the regular season.
CCA Tournament: Quarter-finals (31 Oct), semi-finals (5 Nov) and championship (7 Nov)
Six teams will advance to this year’s CCA Women’s Soccer Championship. The no. The seeded teams 1 and 2 get passes to the quarter-finals, while the No. The seeded team 3 welcomes the No. 6, and the no. Team 4 hosts No. 5. The winners travel to WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, NC for the semi-finals and the title game.
The selections for broadcast via ACC partner televisions are ongoing and, once finalized, will be reflected on theACC.com.