Men’s soccer tripped up at Franciscan 4-2

The Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team suffered a 4-2 defeat on the road Saturday afternoon at Franciscan. The Panthers dropped their fifth-straight conference match after being outshot 40-15 in the contest.

Pitt-Bradford (4-12, 1-7) began the game by giving up an early goal to the Barons after just two minutes of play.

Franciscan’s Edwin de St Aubin sent a pass to Luke Merry who fired a shot at goalkeeper Colin Frownfelter. The ball rolled off Frownfelter’s chest and slipped over the line to give Franciscan the 1-0 lead.

The Panthers held a strong line of defense for the remainder of the first half despite several shots on goal.

At the 23-minute mark of the first half, Pitt-Bradford’s Nicholas Walker advanced the ball into the Barons’ territory and drew the goalie away from the net. Walker pushed the ball to an open Alessandro Ortiz who drove a shot across the line and tied the game at one goal apiece.

The score would stick and remain 1-1 as the teams headed into the break. 

Franciscan (5-10, 3-5) opened the second half with the same strong attack they carried into halftime. The Barons continued pressuring the ball into the Panthers’ territory and reeled off a total of 20 shots in the second period.

With 62 minutes ticked off the clock, Franciscan’s Cuyler Ledyard passed the ball to Peter Mooney who sent a shot at the goal from 30 yards out. Frownfelter made a leaping attempt at the save but it wasn’t enough as the ball fell just out of reach and into the net for the 2-0 lead.

The Barons went on to score two more goals to make it 4-1 with nine minutes to play.

In the 82nd minute, Pitt-Bradford’s Josiah Blick scored on an unassisted shot that landed the final score at 4-2.

Frownfelter tallied 12 saves during the match and remained active for much of the afternoon.

“We played well today and well enough to win, but the ball just didn’t bounce our way,” said head coach Darek Panol.

The Panthers welcome conference-foe Medaille on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 1 p.m. at the KAC to close out the 2013 regular season schedule.