Women's soccer puts six on all-conference

Melissa Smith
Melissa Smith

Pitt-Bradford  women’s soccer had six players honored today as the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference teams were announced by the league office. Freshman forward Melissa Smith was named the league’s Newcomer of the Year and the Offensive Player of the Year.

Pitt-Bradford tied for a league-high three players on the first team. The Panthers placed two on the second team and one on the third team.

First team honors went to Smith, sophomore forward Maggie Boehler and sophomore defender Tess Follman. Second team accolades went to senior midfielder Andrea Gundlach and sophomore defender Jamie Christensen. Third team honors were garnered by senior goalkeeper Danielle Erdley.

Smith played in all 20 games this season and started 19. She led the panthers with 26 goals scored, five assists and a team-high 80 shots in her first season in the Blue and Gold. Her 26 goals fell one shy of tying the AMCC all-time single season record of 27. Her final total will place her second on the list.

Smith earned the AMCC Offensive Player of the Week honor after she turned in three hat tricks in three consecutive games against conference-foes Penn State Altoona, Hilbert and Pitt-Greensburg.

Boehler, the reigning 2012 Newcomer of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, proved to be a force on the outside and finished second on the team in goals scored with 17. She led the team in assists with seven and tallied a total of 41 points. She received the AMCC Offensive Player of the Week honor during the season with her hat trick versus Alfred University on Wednesday, Sept. 18.

Follman turned in a spectacular sophomore campaign that saw her play and start in all 20 contests of the season. Follman proved to be a physical defensive player who provided a wall on the back line to keep the opposition out of the box. She managed to register three goals for the year to go with two assists and a total of eight points.

Gundlach, also a 2012 second team member, finished with one goal for the year and turned in five assists. She anchored a line of midfielders that continuously brought the attack to opposing defenses, allowing forwards to position themselves in front of the net.

Christensen earns her first all-conference honor as a sophomore on the defensive back line. Time and time again, Christensen ended the opponent’s attack with strong tackles and a powerful leg that had the ability to change field position. She tallied one goal and four assists, while starting all 20 games.

Senior goalkeeper Danielle Erdley played in all 20 games and started all but four. She registered 1674:45 between the posts. She finished with 88 saves for a .838 season save percentage. Her .853 conference save percentage was good for first in the AMCC.

“It’s an honor to be named to the all-conference team, and I’m very proud of the six players we have representing Pitt-Bradford,” said head coach Mike Idland.  “For Andrea and Dani, it provides a pleasant and deserved note to go out on as they wrap up their senior years.  For Jamie, Tess, Maggie and Melissa, it should serve as an encouraging sign for the future as they look forward to the multiple seasons they have remaining to play together.”