The Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team suffered a 1-0 defeat to
Mount Aloysius on Saturday afternoon at the Kessel Athletic Complex. The
Panthers were outshot 15-3 during the contest.
Pitt-Bradford (3-7, 0-2) began the game with good passing
and moved the ball into Mount Aloysius territory several times in the first few
minutes. The Panthers brought the attack early and often but were unable to
capitalize on opportunities in the beginning of the match.
Mount Aloysius (6-7, 1-1) slowed the Pitt-Bradford attack
and with a few strong passes had the ball deep in the Panthers’ territory. The Mounties
defense did not allow a shot on goal early in the game and continued to find
ways to move the ball out of their own end.
The attacks continued for the Panthers throughout the first
half, but each time they came away with nothing to show for it. They were
unable to finish at the net on more than one occasion.
Goalkeeper Adam Forster came away with five saves during the
match and protected the net for much of the game.
“It was an unlucky win with the only goal being and
own-goal. I protected the net the best I could. I think it easily could have
been a 3-0 win for us if a few things went our way,” said Forester.
At the 38-minute mark of the first half, Mounties’ forward
Jim Smith sent a crossing pass from the left side of the box that bounced off
the back of a Pitt-Bradford defender and fell into the net. Mount Aloysius took
a 1-0 lead into halftime.
In the second half, play continued with the same tenacity
shown by both teams in the first half. Each squad continued to pressure the
ball into the opposing team’s backend, but never came away with a goal.
The aggressive defensive play for Pitt-Bradford continued,
but so did the fouls. The Panthers and the Mounties accounted for 23 fouls
during the match. A yellow card was given to Mount Aloysius’ Jim Smith at the
80-minute mark and he left the game for good.
The Panthers never found a way to get the ball into the net
and as a result fell in the match 1-0.
“They’re a good team,” said head coach Darek Panol. “They
had a plan against us and executed that plan for the entire game. I loved the effort
from our team in the second half. We had a couple of chances there late, but I
love the heart we played with and I think we will be fine moving forward.”
Pitt-Bradford hits the road for a match with D’Youville on
Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 5:30 p.m.