Panther women edge Bearcats

Sarah Turner
Sarah Turner

Melissa Smith scored with nine minutes remaining and the Pitt-Bradford women's soccer team improved to 2-0 on the year by edging Saint Vincent 1-0 Friday.

It was a tight match throughout as both defenses refused to break, including key saves by both goalkeepers.

Maggie Boehler skipped a shot over the crossbar in the first half and had another attempt stopped by the Bearcats' Cassie Overly. Jamie Christensen nearly connected on a header off a corner kick in the 63rd minute, but her shot was blocked at the last moment. Casey Schimpf suffered the same fate off a corner kick in the 74th minute.

In the 82nd minute, Sarah Turner shot a pass over the defense to Melissa Smith. The ball struck Smith in the back yet she collected it and buried her shot in the far corner for the game's only tally. It was her third goal of the season.

The Bearcats would frantically push to level score in the final minutes and managed to force a corner kick in the closing seconds. Meghan Smith headed the ball towards the goal, but Turner was there to stop it as time expired, securing the win.

The Panthers outshot Saint Vincent 13-7 and held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Danielle Erdley earned the win in net, stopping three shots, none bigger than her save in the final 45 seconds.

"I was very proud of the team today," said head coach Mike Idland. "I thought it was wonderful test for us, especially later on when we really need to score, to see how hard we could push a game without giving up a goal."

Pitt-Bradford will travel to Lycoming Sunday for a 3 p.m. match.