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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Pitt-Bradford Wednesday Athletic News

Strong Defensive Effort Leads Women's Soccer Past Hilbert

BRADFORD, Pa. - Grace Dadzaa and Jasmine Adams staked the Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team to a 2-0 first half lead Wednesday afternoon and the Panthers went on to knock off Hilbert 3-0.

Hilbert entered the match unbeaten in conference play and winners of seven straight. The Panthers responded with their most complete effort of the season, posting its first shutout since defeating Juniata 1-0 on Sept. 7.

Dadzaa set the tone early, connecting for her third goal of the season in the ninth minute. Kaitlyn Donnelly found her with a centering pass from the left side of the box and Dadzaa beat the keeper with one touch.

Adams tacked on to the Panthers’ lead in the 35th minute, tapping in Courtney Shade’s pass from 15 yards out. It was Adams’ team-leading fourth tally of the season.

Abbey Kalin capped the scoring with 12 minutes remaining, firing a strike from 18 yards out that hit the inside of the crossbar and bounced in. It was her first marker of the year and Adams was credited with the assist.

Pitt-Bradford dominated possession throughout the contest and the stats, outshooting the Hawks 16-11. Each team attempted two corner kicks. Dailey earned the shutout in net, collecting five saves.

“I thought today was a very good result against a team at the top of the conference standings,” head coach Marquis Walker said. “We got off to a terrific start to the game and never looked back. We were very dangerous all game getting into the attack.

Our defense did a fantastic job of not allowing them time to build and attack. It was our best defensive effort to date.”

Pitt-Bradford improves to 4-4-3 on the season and 1-0-2 in AMCC play. The Panthers host Franciscan Saturday at 1 p.m.

Panthers Let Late Lead Slip Away, Settle for 2-2 Tie

BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team let a 2-1 lead slip away in the second half Wednesday against Hilbert and eventually settled for a 2-2 tie in double-overtime.

Pitt-Bradford led 1-0 at the break on Steve McFetridge’s header in the 10th minute. Brian Bao sent a pass into the box and McFetridge finished in the top corner for his second score in as many games.

Hilbert drew even in the 60th minute after a deflected ball played between two players found Tyler Eister at midfield. Eister outran the defense and squeezed a shot past Pitt-Bradford’s Colin Frownfelter to level the match.

Tyler Koch answered seconds later for the Panthers, chasing down a ball played over the defense by Aaron Smith. Koch was denied on his first attempt by the Hilbert keeper, but he quickly gathered his rebound and scored to push Pitt-Bradford ahead 2-1.

In the 77th minute, Hilbert was awarded a penalty kick after the Panthers were whistled for a foul in the box, and Matthew Barth converted, knotting the score at two apiece.

In the first overtime period, Pitt-Bradford’s Fred Agou nearly delivered a game-winner but his shot glanced off the post, and Noah Black’s attempt in double-overtime was turned back as neither team could muster much offensively.

Hilbert outshot the Panthers 24-21 and held a slim 7-5 advantage in corner kicks. Frownfelter finished with six saves for the Blue and Gold.

Pitt-Bradford moves to 1-8-1 on the season and 1-1-1 in conference play. The Panthers entertain Franciscan Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

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