Panthers To Travel To First-Place Franciscan Saturday

Photo by Erika Helo
Photo by Erika Helo

BRADFORD, Pa. -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford men's soccer team will look for its third Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference win Saturday as it travels to take on the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference first-place Franciscan.

Pitt-Bradford is coming off a 1-0 victory Wednesday at Hilbert. 

Shortly before halftime, the two teams were sent into the locker rooms due to a weather delay and eventually took a scoreless tie into the half.

Looking to avoid overtime, the Panthers continued to push offensively. 

With under 10 minutes to go, Matthew Perry fed Ethan Acaster, who fired a shot past the Hilbert keeper to put the Panthers ahead, 1-0.

The lead would stand, and the Panthers improved to 2-1 in AMCC action, with both wins coming in shutout fashion. Pitt-Bradford is tied for fourth in the AMCC standings.

Pitt-Bradford controlled the offensive flow of the game, outshooting the Hawks, 32-18.

In goal, Derrick Brock has been credited with both shutouts and leads the conference with 83 saves. His .722 save percentage is the sixth-best mark in the conference. 

For the Panthers, Steven McFetridge leads the team with eight points, made up of three goals and two assists. 

Ugwunna Amadi and Ryuta Hayakawa each have three goals this season for six points.

Acaster has assisted two goals and scored one for four points.

Saturday's game will begin at 1 p.m. and will serve as the first part of a doubleheader with the women's teams.

About Franciscan:

  • The Franciscan Barons welcome the Panthers as the top team in the conference at 8-2-2 overall and 3-0-1 in AMCC games.
  • Franciscan took wins in its first three AMCC games, first against Hilbert (Sept. 23), then Pitt-Greensburg (Sept. 26) and at D'Youville (Sept. 30). Most recently, the Barons worked a 4-4 tie at La Roche on Wednesday. 
  • The Barons have outscored opponents, 17-7, through their first four conference games. On the season, Leo Hermann leads the conference with 12 goals and seven assists. JP Bobak is second on the team and third in the conference with eight goals. 
  • In goal, Thomas Dosedel has played 940 minutes in goal and has the conference's fourth-best goals-against average at 1.34 and the AMCC's fifth-best save percentage at .763.