Panthers edged 3-2 on penalty kick by Pitt-Greensburg


Greensburg, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team suffered a crushing defeat to Pitt-Greensburg on a penalty kick late in the second half, as the Panthers fell 3-2 to the Bobcats on Saturday.

Pitt-Bradford (4-10, 1-5) started fast and kept the momentum for much of the first half on both offense and defense. The Panthers had nine shots on goal in the girls half and finished with a total of 17.  

Just seven minutes into the game, Nicholas Walker pushed a short pass to Samuel Franchi who slipped the ball by the goalkeeper for the early 1-0 lead.

With four minutes remaining until halftime and the game tied at one goal each, Brian Bao sent a pass from just outside the top of the box to Josiah Blick who drove a shot past the goalkeeper’s fingertips and into the net for the 2-1 halftime lead.

Pitt-Greensburg (3-13, 2-4) stole the momentum early in the second half. The Bobcats put the pressure on Pitt-Bradford’s defense from the first possession.

At the 53-minute mark, Pitt-Greensburg’s Sean Baxendell sent a pass from the left side of the box to Jeremy Niemiec who put the ball in the net to tie the game at two goals each.

With almost 59 minutes gone in the second half and the game tied 2-2, Pitt-Bradford’s Nathan Fox drew a red card that gave Pitt-Greensburg’s Niemiec a penalty shot. Panthers’ goalkeeper Adam Forster did what he could to block the shot but Niemiec’s kick went into the net and gave the Bobcats the 3-2 advantage.

Pitt-Bradford hosts rival Penn State Behrend on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Kessel Athletic Complex.