University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Men’s soccer suffers 2-1 defeat at Hilbert
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The Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team suffered a 2-1 defeat on the road Tuesday afternoon at conference-foe Hilbert. Hilbert outshot the Panthers 25-11.

Pitt-Bradford (4-9, 1-4) surrendered an early goal to fall behind 1-0 after five minutes of play. Hilbert’s Matt Hamister fired a shot on net that rebounded off the post. He then placed his own rebound in the upper right ninety of the goal to take the lead. 

The Panthers quickly settled down and began finding open passing lanes to establish an attack of their own. Several instances, Pitt-Bradford worked the ball into the Hawk’s territory but came away empty handed each time.

Hilbert (5-7, 3-2) came out firing on all cylinders to begin the match and brought a heavy attack from the first whistle. The Hawks outshot the Panthers in the first have 10-9. 

In the second half, Pitt-Bradford held their own defensively after Hilbert continued to pressure the net. The back line stood strong and goalkeeper Adam Forster tallied 10 total saves on the afternoon.

After 12 minutes of play, Pitt-Bradford’s Seth Levy pushed a hard feed up the middle to an open Brian Bao. Bao placed a strong shot on net that went just past the outstretched fingertips of Hilbert’s Jeremy Kraska and into the net to tie the game at one goal each. 

As play continued, Hilbert continued to place shots on goal but Forster continued his strong stand in the box.

Halfway through the second period, Hilbert’s Edward Minkel sent a pass to Blake Barker behind the defense. Barker placed a chip shot into the corner of the net for the 2-1 lead. The Panthers could not draw an even score as the final seconds ticked off the clock. 

Pitt-Bradford hits the road again this weekend when it travels to Greensburg, Pa., to take on Pitt-Greensburg at 1 p.m.