University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Panthers attack Mounties for 3-1 victory
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The Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team used a strong offensive showing to defeat the visiting Mount Aloysius Mounties 3-1 on Saturday at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

Pitt-Bradford (6-3-1, 2-0) started fast and kept the pressure on the Mount Aloysius defense for the entire game. The Panthers outshot the Mounties 24-4 during the game and maintained possession for most of the match.

The Panthers had three offsides penalties called against them in the first 10 minutes of the game due to their relentless attack on the Mounties defense.

Mount Aloysius (4-6, 0-2) had trouble creating any attack against the stingy Panthers defense. 

At the 12-minute mark, Jamie Christensen sent a beautiful crossing pass to an open Melissa Smith who simply tapped the ball into the back of the net for the early lead that they carried into halftime.

The Mounties struggled to establish any kind of offense during the first half and as a result found themselves down 1-0 at the break.

In the second half, the Panthers picked up where they left off offensively. The Mounties had very little offense to counter with until the 48-minute mark.

At that time, Mount Aloysius found a seam down the right side when the side judge raised his flag as if to call a foul. The Panthers defense slowed their game, but the head official called for play to resume, and Olivia Woodley of Mount Aloysius drove a shot into the back of the net behind a confused Pitt-Bradford defense.

The goal stood, and the Panthers found themselves in a tie game. The tie however, would not last for long.

Shortly after the goal, Maggie Boehler streaked down the side and sent a deep shot from outside the box that landed in the corner of the net and gave the Panthers a 2-1 advantage.

Just minutes later, Melissa Smith raced past the Mounties defense on a breakaway and placed the ball out of the goalkeeper’s reach for the easy score. The Panthers took a 3-1 lead and ran the clock out on a hard-fought match.

“I thought it was a tough game and I think their players came out and played really hard,” said head coach Mike Idland. “It was never comfortable for us, but I was proud of our players and how they fought through and created some scoring chances to give us the win.”

Pitt-Bradford travels to Buffalo, N.Y., on Tuesday afternoon to take on D’Youville for a 3 p.m. contest.