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Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pitt-Bradford Saturday Athletics Recap

Brian Bao Leads Men's Soccer Past Pitt-Greensburg

BRADFORD, Pa. - Brian Bao scored a pair of first half goals and the Pitt-Bradford men’s soccer team defeated Pitt-Greensburg 3-1 Saturday. It was the Panthers’ first victory of the season.

Despite being outshot 30-14, the Panthers made the most of their opportunities, connecting for three first half goals.

Bao opened the scoring in the 15th minute, dribbling past a pair of Bobcat defenders in the box and finishing in the lower corner for his first tally of the season. He would add a second in the 40th minute on a ball played through the middle of the defense by Noah Black. Bao was denied on his first shot by Pitt-Greensburg’s goalkeeper, but he quickly corralled the rebound and buried it, giving the Panthers a 2-0 lead.

The advantage ballooned to three on Steven McFetridge’s header in the 42nd minute. Selorm Agbemabiese was credited with the assist after sending a perfect pass into the box from the left side of the pitch.

Pitt-Greensburg converted a penalty kick in the 78th minute for its only score, and the Panther defense would pitch a shutout the remainder of the match.

Colin Frownfelter finished with 11 saves for to earn the win in net.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 1-8 on the season and 1-1 in the AMCC. The Panthers host Hilbert Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Take Two: Panther Volleyball Improves to 16-4

BRADFORD, Pa. - Pitt-Bradford won a pair of matches Saturday, rallying to defeat Franciscan 3-2 before knocking off Houghton 3-1 in the nightcap. 

For the second straight match, the Panthers fell into a 0-2 hole. Unlike the previous instance, Pitt-Bradford completed the comeback, knocking off Franciscan 24-26, 21-25, 25-11, 25-16, 15-9. The Barons entered the season as two-time defending AMCC champions and the consensus favorite to repeat.

Christina Rauh recorded her third triple-double of the season, posting 10 kills, 36 assists and 20 digs to lead the Panthers. Kirsten Platz paced the attack with a team-high 16 kills and Alexis Dhayer and Rose Thacker had eight apiece. Rauh totaled four aces and Erin Fagan contributed three. Dhayer collected 17 digs and Meagan Welsh had a season-high 16. Thacker added three blocks in the win.

In a sloppy, late night affair between both teams, the Panthers regrouped after a dismal first set to defeat Houghton 21-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22. It marks the first time ever Pitt-Bradford has won consecutive matches against the Highlanders; the Panthers defeated Houghton by the same score on Sept. 15.

Rauh netted her second triple-double of the day, totaling 10 kills, 33 assists and 23 digs. Platz registered 11 kills, and four different Panthers had two aces each. Welsh posted 20 digs, Brianna Majot logged 13 and Courtney Holzwarth had 10. Thacker and Platz totaled three blocks apiece.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 16-4 on the season, and more importantly, 4-0 in the AMCC. The Panthers return to action Tuesday at D’Youville.

Women's Tennis Wins Second Straight Match

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Pitt-Bradford women’s tennis team defeated D’Youville 6-3 late Friday evening.

In doubles action, Amy Thomas and Ashley Stoltz won 8-4, and the duo of Ava Young and Aaliya Smith prevailed 8-2.

Thomas won her singles match 7-5, 6-4, Young was victorious 6-2, 6-3, Stoltz cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win and Katelyn Wells won 6-0, 6-2.

Pitt-Bradford improves to 3-7 and closes out the regular season Monday at Fredonia.​

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