Men’s soccer blanked at home by Altoona, 5-0

The Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team suffered a 5-0 defeat at the hands of visiting Penn State Altoona on Senior Day at the Kessel Athletic Complex.

Pitt-Bradford (4-8, 1-3) started strong defensively in the first half with several stands at the net. The offense sputtered in the beginning and struggled to find a rhythm moving the ball.

The back line stayed strong and despite several strong attacks from the Lions, the Panthers found a way to keep the game scoreless.

Penn State Altoona (5-8, 3-2) outshot the Panthers 30-5 in the contest. The Lions maintained possession on Pitt-Bradford’s end of the field for much of the game.

At the 12-minute mark, Shane Conway sent a crossing pass from outside the box to a leaping Dan Kennedy, who placed a header into the net for the 1-0 lead.

The Lions took a 2-0 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the physicality of the match really started to show with several players receiving fouls for both teams. Pitt-Bradford put together several attacks early in the second half, but came away with nothing to show for each effort.

Up 4-0 late in the game, Penn State Altoona sent a high corner kick into the box and Chris Beech drove a shot into the net for the 5-0 lead, his second of the match.

Pitt-Bradford goalkeeper Adam Forster, a senior for the Panthers, tallied 12 saves throughout the match and remained a force in front of the net for much of the afternoon.

The Panthers travel to Hamburg, N.Y. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 to take on Hilbert at 1 p.m.