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
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.