The Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team fell 2-1 to Penn State
Behrend in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Championship on
Saturday afternoon. The Panthers outshot the Lions 13-5 in a physical and
Pitt-Bradford (13-6-1) established a fierce attack against
the Lions from the first touch. The Panthers controlled the ball on the Lions’
end of the field for much of the first half.
With barely eight minutes gone, Behrend’s Allyson Lonas sent
a shot from the right corner of the field that found its way in front of the
net. Pitt-Bradford’s Molly Carson attempted to head the ball out of the box,
but the angle of the ball landed it in the net for the own goal.
Despite being down 1-0, the Panthers did not give up on
their relentless attack. The Blue and Gold used a strategy that involved
sending long lead passes to offenders that attempted to outrun the defense.
Each time, the ball was placed too far downfield and the goalkeeper needed a
simple save to end the attack.
Behrend (15-5-1) used strong defensive play to keep
Pitt-Bradford off the scoreboard and carry their 1-0 lead into halftime.
Seven minutes into the second half, Behrend’s Alex Bilka
took a mishandled ball by the Panthers and turned it into a breakaway. There
was a scramble in front of the net as the Panthers’ goalkeeper Danielle Erdley
went for the save, but the Lions’ Sam Pace came away with the ball and placed a
simple shot in the net for the 2-0 lead.
With time winding down and the Panthers’ chances beginning
to run dry, Jamie Christensen sent a long cross from the right side of the box
to Melissa Smith. Smith landed a strong header that beat the keeper and found
the back of the net to bring the score to 2-1.
With a renewed sense of confidence, Pitt-Bradford’s offense
began attacking the net relentlessly. Each time the Panthers came away with no
points to show for their efforts.
With one last gasp, Pitt-Bradford made an unsuccessful run
at the net. The clock ticked its final seconds away and the Panthers’ season
came to an end.
Erdley finished with one save. Maggie Boehler and
Christensen each had three shots on goal.
Pitt-Bradford finishes the regular season in second place,
as well as second place for the conference tournament. The Panthers begin
offseason training in the coming weeks to prepare for the 2014 campaign.