The Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team scored early and often
on Saturday afternoon at the Kessel Athletic Complex, as the Panthers raced
past the Mavericks 8-1. The Panthers outshot Medaille 28-6.
Pitt-Bradford (12-5-1, 8-2) had three players score two
goals in the match. The Panthers used a fierce attack from the first touch. The
Blue and Gold controlled the game with crisp passing and strong defense.
With just 1:28 ticked off the clock, Melissa Smith fed a
long thru-ball to Casey Schimpf who outran the defense and fired a shot past
the goalkeeper to put the Panthers on the board.
Just a few minutes later, Smith found the back of the net on
a crossing pass from Andrea Gundlach and the Panthers led 2-0 before the ten
Pitt-Bradford carried the 2-0 lead into the break with the
momentum on their side.
Medaille (4-13-1, 3-6-1) began the second half with an
attack of their own, but could not capitalize on scoring opportunities and the
game remained a shutout.
Smith found the net for the second time in the game on an
unassisted shot with 36 minutes removed from the clock.
From that point on, it was all Pitt-Bradford and their
Sarah Turner trapped a ball several yards in front of the
box and unloaded a shot that sailed over a leaping goalkeeper and dropped into
the net for the 4-0 advantage. The goal was Turner’s first of the 2013 season.
Minutes later it was Tess Follman getting in on the action
with a goal of her own. The assist was credited to Catherine Mammoser. The
score was Follman’s second of this season.
Before Medaille could reset their defense, the Panthers were
knocking on the door with another scoring opportunity. This time, Schimpf
tallied her second goal with an unassisted shot that brought her season total
The goal brought the score to 6-0 with nearly 35 minutes to
Follman wasn’t satisfied with one goal under her name and
with 71 minutes gone, took a pass from Emily Hendricks and registered her
second score of the match. This made the score to 7-1.
The Panthers found the net one more time and equaled their
final tally at eight.
Medaille’s Candis Kapuscinski took matters into her own
hands, and with just minutes remaining, scored on a breakaway that ended the
Panthers’ goalkeeper Danielle Erdley needed just two saves
to seal the win.
With the victory, Pitt-Bradford advances to the second round
of the AMCC Championships. The Panthers travel to D’Youville on Wednesday, Nov.
6, for a 4 p.m. match.