Pitt-Bradford cruises by Penn State Altoona, 4-1


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’ defenders.

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 on goal.

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 season.”

Pitt-Bradford takes on Hilbert in Hamburg, N.Y. on Tuesday at 3 p.m.