University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Strong attack leads Panthers past Hawks, 7-0
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Pitt-Bradford used seven unanswered goals to coast by the Hilbert Hawks on the road Tuesday afternoon. The Panthers unloaded on the Hawks with 43 shots on goal. 

Pitt-Bradford (8-4-1, 4-1) took the field fast and wasted little time getting on the board to grab the early lead. Just four minutes into the match, Andrea Gundlach pushed the ball past the Hawk’s keeper for her first goal of the season and put the Panthers up 1-0.

Just five minutes later, Shaytra Ewell sent a pass to Melissa Smith who found the back of the net for the first time during the match and added her 13th goal of the season. 

With just one minute remaining until halftime, Catherine Mammoser sent an unassisted pass into the net to put Pitt-Bradford up 3-0 at the break. Mammoser’s goal was her first of the season.

Hilbert (3-9, 1-4) stayed on their heels for much of the game attempting to slow Pitt-Bradford’s relentless attack. Goalkeeper Erin Smith marked 22 saves during the contest. 

Coming out of the break, the Panthers’ Maggie Boehler sent a leading pass to Vicky DeLong who got in on the action by scoring her first goal of the season. This marked Boehler’s second assist of 2013.

Just when the Hawk’s seemed to create an attack of their own, Pitt-Bradford’s Smith scored back-to-back goals for her second hat trick in as many games. 

The first goal came from an Emily Hendrick’s pass that put the Panthers up 5-0. Just three minutes later, Taylor Perkins sent a beautiful pass to Smith who scored her 15th goal of the season.

“The back-to-back hat tricks for Melissa are definitely something you don’t see every day,” said head coach Mike Idland. “It is something special from a special player.” 

At the 76th minute of play, Hendricks tallied her first goal of the season on an unassisted shot on net. She finished with one goal and one assist.

The Panthers’ starting goalkeeper Danielle Erdley needed just two saves in the first half of play to complete her afternoon. Backup goalkeeper Brooke Redfern stepped into the box for the second half. She picked up right where Erdley left off and added a save of her own. 

“Today was a very complete team effort,” said Idland. “We were all happy to see the goals flying in from multiple players.”

With the win, the Panthers move to 4-1 in conference play this season. They will travel to Greensburg, Pa., on Saturday to take on Pitt-Greensburg at 3 p.m.