The Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team used two second-half
goals on Wednesday afternoon to defeat D’Youville College 2-0 in a semi-final
matchup. The Panthers will play at Penn State Behrend for the Allegheny
Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Pitt-Bradford (13-5-1, 8-2) and host D’Youville remained in
a steady match for the duration of the first half. The two teams’ swapped
possessions continuously and each played strong defense in order to keep the
Panthers’ goalkeeper Danielle Erdley needed five saves in
the first half alone to keep the Spartans off the board. The Panthers managed
just five shots on goal before the break.
In the second half, Pitt-Bradford took the field with
urgency and it wasn’t long before the Panthers broke the scoreless tie.
At the 57-minute mark of the second half, Maggie Boehler
sent a crossing pass to Melissa Smith who drove a shot into the left corner of
the net. The goal marked Smith’s 25thof the season, a team-high.
With the lead late in the game and possession of the ball,
the Panthers refused to let up offensively. Boehler broke free up the middle
and outran the defense before she laid a shot past the keeper and into the net
for the 2-0 final tally.
D’Youville (11-5-3, 7-1-1) managed to keep the game close
until the Panthers’ attack proved too much for the Spartans. D’Youville blasted
a total of 16 shots at the net, but each failed to cross the line.
With the win, Pitt-Bradford will travel to Erie, Pa., on
Saturday, Nov. 9, to take on the Lions of Penn State Behrend in a rematch of
last year’s AMCC Championship game. The time has yet to be determined.