Bradford, PA – For the second straight season, the D'Youville women's soccer team saw their season come to a close against Pitt.-Bradford as the Spartans were defeated by the Panthers 5-2 in the AMCC semi-finals.
Bradford put a major dent in the Spartans' hopes to advance early after scoring goals in the 10th and 12th minutes to take a 2-0 lead. D'Youville wouldn't waste much time getting back in the game as Rebecca Alvira (Buffalo, NY/Mount Mercy Academy) dribbled through the Panther midfield and defense and ripped a shot from long range and buried it in the top left corner in the 16th minute.
As the first half progressed, the two teams would have their opportunities to take the lead, but to no avail. The half would end with the Spartans trailing the Panthers 2-1.
D'Youville would start the second half and look like the much more aggressive team. They possessed the ball, made smart runs, passes and decisions with the ball. Their pressure would pay off in the 64th minute when last game's hero would strike again.
Catie Giebner (Sicklerville, NJ/Winslow Township) scored her second goal in as many games to tie the game at 2-2. Catie again collected the ball in front of goal and chipped the goalie from close range. Giebner scored the game winning goal in the first round of the AMCC playoffs against La Roche.
The Spartans would continue to carry momentum in the game and seemed to be destined to score another goal until a miscommunication in the Spartan defense led to Bradford taking back the lead at 3-2 in the 70th minute. After that goal, the Panthers would take over. For the second time in the game, Bradford would score 2 goals in 2 minutes (77th and 79th minutes) and put the game away, winning the game by the final score of 5-2.
D'Youville had a strong offensive effort, especially in the second half. Melissa LaVere (Clarence, NY/Williamsville East) and Magan Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) led the team with 2 shots each. Seniors Becca Alvira and Catie Giebner scored goals in their final game as Spartans.
Freshman goalkeeper Megan Dulniak (Cheektowaga, NY/Cheektowaga) made 7 saves in the game behind a defense of Jenna Tomizzi (Buffalo, NY/Sacred Heart Academy), Ashely Long (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster), Emily Ward (Leonardsville, NY/Mount Markham) and Nicole LaVere (Clarence, NY/Williamsville East). Terra Juda (North Tonawanda, NY/Niagara-Wheatfield) and Rachel Hermanski (Cheektowaga, NY/Maryvale) also saw time on defense.