Grace Dadzaa Leads Women's Soccer Over La Roche
BRADFORD, Pa. - Grace Dadzaa netted a pair of goals and the Pitt-Bradford women’s soccer team dispatched of La Roche, 3-1, Saturday. It was the Panthers’ fourth straight win.
In a match that could go a long ways in determining seeding for the conference postseason tournament, the Panthers were at their best, building a 2-0 halftime lead and extending the advantage to three before conceding the Redhawks’ only tally. La Roche and Pitt-Bradford entered the day ranked two and three, respectively, in the conference standings.
Pitt-Bradford jumped ahead early on Abbey Kalin’s goal in the 11th minute. Following a failed corner kick attempt, Meghan Thomas delivered a pass to Kalin near the top of the box and she finished in the far corner to beat the La Roche goalkeeper. It was her second marker of the year.
Dadzaa added to the lead in the 29th minute, heading in Delaney Houtz’ centering pass from outside the box. It was her fifth goal of the season.
The lead ballooned to three in the 52nd minute on Dadzaa’s second score. With possession in the box, Courtney Shade tapped a pass to Dadzaa, who finished on her first touch.
La Roche responded minutes later to trim the lead to 3-1 yet the Redhawks would be shutout the rest of the way as the Panther defense worked to control possession and limit opportunities.
The Redhawks narrowly outshot Pitt-Bradford 15-14, and the Panthers held a 5-1 edge in corner kicks.
Sarah Dailey registered eight saves in net for the Blue and Gold, including several key stops in the second half. Over the last four matches, Dailey has yielded just two goals.
“Today was a good result for our efforts,” head coach Marquis Walker said. “I thought we came out and played with urgency, and we did a great job offensively.
I am definitely happy for the confidence this win brings as we prepare for Behrend on Wednesday.”
Pitt-Bradford improves to 7-4-3 on the season, including 4-0-2 in the AMCC, and will travel to Penn State Behrend Wednesday for a matchup between the only two teams left unbeaten in conference play.
Volleyball Splits a Pair of Matches at Alfred Tourney
ALFRED, N.Y. - The Pitt-Bradford volleyball team split a pair of matches Saturday at the Alfred Tournament, dropping a 3-0 decision to Alfred State before rallying to defeat the host Saxons 3-2 in the night cap.
Alfred State defeated the Panthers by scores of 29-27, 25-19, 25-22. The Saxons limited the Panthers to a .263 hitting and totaled 16.5 team blocks. Sydney Shepherd had a team-high nine kills and Christina Rauh added eight. Alexis Dhayer converted three aces, and Rauh manufactured 24 assists. Defensively, Brianna Majot logged 12 digs, and Rose Thacker recorded three blocks, including two solo.
Pitt-Bradford fell behind Alfred but rallied to prevail 25-21, 24-26, 22-25, 25-23, 15-6. It was the second meeting of the season between the two schools. The Panthers also won the first matchup 3-0 on Sept. 9.
Three different Panthers registered double-digit kills led by Kirst Platz’ match-high 19. Dhayer finished with 12 kills and Erin Fagan totaled 10. Rauh tallied 43 assists, and Platz and Dhayer combined for six of the team’s eight aces. Majot led the defensive effort with 16 digs, Rauh collected 12, Meagan Welsh had 11 and Shepherd added 10. Platz recorded six blocks, Rauh had four and Dhayer chipped in with three.
Pitt-Bradford moves to 19-5 on the season and hosts Hilbert Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Pitt-Bradford Finishes Fourth at Panther Relays
BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s and women’s swimming teams opened the season Saturday hosting the 11th Panther Relays, and finished fourth with a combined score of 92 points.
Penn State Behrend won the event with 286 total points followed by runner-up Penn State Altoona (116) and third-place finisher Franciscan (108).
On the men’s side, the trio of Lucas Cerchiaro, Corey Koss and Nicholas Boyd won the 3x100-yard freestyle relay in 2:48.
The Panthers’ 800-yard freestyle relay team of Carey Behm, Devyn Condon, Koss and Mitchell Smith placed second, and Cerchiaro, Noah Frederick and Zachary France were runner-ups in the 3x100-yard individual medley relay.
Boyd, Smith, Behm and France finished second in the 5x100-yard freestyle relay race, and Cerchiaro, Frederick and France finished third in the 3x100-yard breaststroke relay.
On the women’s side, the 3x100-yard backstroke relay squad of Jillian Wright, Elizabeth Prager and Jasmine Valentine were fourth.
In mixed results, the quartet of Devin Kerr, Wright, Jarred Shackelford and Valentine finished fourth in the 200-yard medley relay, and the 400-yard medley relay team of Boyd, Condon, Wright and Prager finished third.
Pitt-Bradford will open the dual meet portion of its schedule next week when it travels to Cabrini for a conference matchup.
Panthers Rally Against Redhawks, Settle for 1-1 Tie
BRADFORD, Pa. - The Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team rallied in the second half Saturday against La Roche and eventually played the Redhawks to a 1-1 tie.
La Roche led 1-0 at the break after outshooting the Panthers 11-1 in the first stanza. The Panthers responded in the 56th minute when Michael Giopulos played a ball through the defense to Brian Bao, who dribbled past a defender and scored for his fourth goal of the season.
Bao nearly put the Panthers ahead moments later but his header hit the crossbar. The teams exchanged shots over the final 30 minutes of regulation yet neither team could push across the game-winning score.
The two overtime periods never produced a legitimate scoring chance despite featuring seven shots.
La Roche outshot the Panthers 22-8 and held a 7-1 advantage in corner kicks. Colin Frownfelter finished with 10 saves in net for Pitt-Bradford.
Pitt-Bradford moves to 1-10-2 on the season and travels to Penn State Behrend Wednesday.