Greensburg, Pa. - Melissa Smith tallied her third hat trick in
as many games as the Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team cruised to a 7-1 win
over Pitt-Greensburg on Saturday.
Pitt-Bradford (9-4-1, 5-1) has now won three games in a row
and four of its last five to position itself for a run at the conference title.
It didn’t take long for the scoring to begin after the first
whistle. Just three minutes into the match, Smith scored her first goal of the
afternoon off a pass from Maggie Boehler. Smith took a shot from the top of the
box that beat the keeper low and found its way into the net.
Two minutes later it was Boehler who turned on a pass from
teammate Sarah Turner and landed a shot in the back of the net for the early
Pitt-Greensburg (4-10, 3-3) found its way onto the
scoreboard just before halftime. Tiffanni Downey sent a shot over the top of
goalkeeper Danielle Erdley’s hands for the Bobcats only score of the contest.
To begin the second half, the Panthers came roaring down the
field deep into the Bobcats territory. Casey Schimpf guided a pass to an open
Smith who sent a one-timer into the net for her second goal of the match.
At the 55-minute mark, Smith and Boehler again teamed up for
the score, only this time Smith registered the assist and Boehler found the net
on a shot from inside the box. This marked Boehler’s second goal of the
Five minutes later, Andrea Gundlach put a crossing pass to
the center of the box and Jamie Christensen placed a header into the far post
to beat the keeper for the goal.
With 70 minutes gone on the clock, Victoria Pearson drove
the ball into the box and sent a pass to an open Smith who placed a shot past
the goalkeeper to secure the hat trick.
With three minutes remaining in the game, Gundlach tallied
her second assist of the day when she sent a crossing pass to Paula Herbert who
registered her first goal of the 2013 season.
Goalkeeper Danielle Erdley needed just one save on six shots
to secure the victory between the posts.
“I was proud of the team today,” said head coach Mike
Idland. “After a stop-start first half, the players seemed to find more and
more motivation as the game went on. There were several excellent goals, and
Melissa picked up her third hat trick in as many games, which is something
extraordinary. It is something I know I will never forget.”
The Panthers gear up for a matchup with conference-foe Penn
State Behrend on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. at the Kessel Athletic Complex.