University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Pitt-Bradford defeats Franciscan 3-1
Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith

The Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to defeat Franciscan 3-1 in a tough matchup on the road Saturday afternoon. Melissa Smith racked up two goals during the contest.

Pitt-Bradford (10-5-1, 6-2) opened the match by allowing a Franciscan goal after barley two minutes of play. The Barons’ Jordan Byrley beat the defense by dribbling the ball into the box and sent an unassisted shot past goalkeeper Danielle Erdely to take a 1-0 lead.

The Panthers had to regroup and find a way to steal the momentum from Franciscan that was created by the early goal.

Maggie Boehler got the ball after 23 minutes of play and moved it into the Barons’ box. The attack pulled Franciscan goalkeeper Mallory Garthwaite from the net. Boehler then sent a crossing pass to Melissa Smith who put the ball in the empty net to tie the game 1-1.

The Panthers and the Barons carried the tie game into halftime.

Franciscan (10-7, 4-4) brought the attack early and often in the second half and tallied 18 shots during the match against the Panthers’ net.

Erdely registered 12 saves on the afternoon.

With 71 minutes gone, Boehler again sent a crossing pass into a crowded box. Smith leaped into the air and placed a header into the net for her second goal of the match and the 2-1 lead.

10 minutes later, Sarah Turner passed the ball to Boehler who kicked it over the goalie and into the net to equal the final score.

Pitt-Bradford hosts Medaille on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. at the KAC to close out the regular season. The Panthers will honor each of their seniors before the match that will be playing in their final home game.