University of Pittsburgh Bradford
Women’s soccer cruises to 3-0 win over Medaille
Danielle Erdley
Senior Danielle Erdley

Sophomore forward Maggie Boehler registered two goals on the afternoon, and the Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team cruised to a 3-0 win over visiting Medaille on Senior Day.

Pitt-Bradford (11-5-1, 7-2) picked up where it left off after its previous victory, driving the ball right down the field from the first touch. The Panthers made a habit of creating havoc in front of the Maverickss’ net and fired a total of 20 shots on goal during the contest. 

Senior goalkeeper Danielle Erdley enjoyed her last regular season home game by pitching a shutout with two saves in front of the home crowd. Erdley spent nearly 76 minutes between the posts, and that is all that was needed from the senior for the afternoon. 

Medaille (4-13-1, 3-5-1) leaned on its heels for the first part of the match, seeming a little surprised at the intensity of the attack the Panthers brought at them. The Mavericks eventually settled down and were able to move the ball into the Panthers’ defense but failed to create a goal scoring opportunity. Medaille tallied just five shots on goal during the match. 

At the 18th minute of play, Maggie Boehler connected with a rebound while standing in front of the goal and put a shot on net that landed just past an outstretched Mavericks’ goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead.

The Panthers carried the 1-0 lead into the break. 

Five minutes into the second half, Melissa Smith fed a thru-ball to Boehler who dribbled past the last defender and put a shot into the net for her second of the afternoon and the 2-0 advantage.

With the lead and 66 minutes ticked off the clock, Smith found herself at the right place at the right time as she needed just a simple push of the ball to move it past the goalkeeper and into the net on an unassisted shot for the final score of 3-0. 

“I was happy for the seniors to be able to get a win on Senior Day,” said head coach Mike Idland. “I think we will need to play a lot sharper than we did today with the playoffs beginning on Saturday in order to advance.”

The Panthers end the regular season on a high note with the win, but will not be able to rest long as they prepare to host a rematch with Medaille in the first round of the AMCC Championships on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Kessel Athletic Complex.