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.