The Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team cruised to a 4-1
victory over visiting Penn State Altoona on Saturday afternoon at the Kessel
Athletic Complex. The Panthers outshot the Lions 21-12.
Pitt-Bradford (7-4-1, 3-1) took control early and
established its attack right away as the first shot on goal came within seconds
from the start of play.
Melissa Smith turned in a spectacular performance scoring
the hat trick with her three goals on the afternoon. The first goal came off a
pass from outside the box by teammate Tess Follman. Follman sent a long cross
to a wide open Smith, who simply tapped the ball into the net for the 1-0 lead.
Smith’s second goal came from a Maggie Boehler pass to
almost the same spot. Smith slipped the ball by the keeper and the Panthers
took a 2-0 lead at the 23-minute mark of the first half.
Pitt-Bradford carried a 3-0 lead into the break.
In the second half, it was all Pitt-Bradford from the
beginning. The Panthers attack continued to move the ball past the Lions’
Penn State Altoona (3-8-1, 1-3-1) ended the Panthers shutout
at the 55-minute mark of the second half. Theresa Deppenschmidt took a shot
from 40 yards out that bounced over a leaping Danielle Erdley, and found its
way into the net to get on the board.
Soft passes and excellent ball control became a theme for
the Panthers after the Lions’ goal. Penn State Altoona rarely had another shot
The Panthers held possession of the ball late in the game
and allowed the clock to run out on their 4-1 victory.
“I was happy with our team’s positive response today after a
disappointing loss during the week,” said head coach Mike Idland. “That kind of
resilience shows strong character and builds consistent results throughout a
Pitt-Bradford takes on Hilbert in Hamburg, N.Y. on Tuesday
at 3 p.m.