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
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’
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.