University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Men’s Soccer edged 1-0 by Mount Aloysius

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.