Women’s soccer season ends with conference loss to Gannon


Patrick McGinnis, Sports Writer

The season ended on a disappointing note for the Pitt-Johnstown women’s soccer team as they fell 4-1 to conference foe Gannon in Saturday evening’s Oct. 29 season finale.

Gannon jumped out to an early lead when Jamie Seneca managed to get the Golden Knights on the board in the eighth minute of play. Ella Fadale added another score in the 35th minute and sent Pitt-Johnstown to halftime facing a 2-0 deficit.

The Mountain Cats held Gannon scoreless for much of the second half, but Holly Gray broke the game open with two late goals in the 80th and 87th minutes to give the Golden Knights a 4-0 lead.

In the 87th minute of the game, Claire Hummel finally got Pitt-Johnstown on the scoreboard, but it wasn’t enough to close the gap as the Mountain Cats lost, 4-1.

With the loss, Pitt-Johnstown finished the season 4-10-4 overall and 4-9-3 in PSAC Western Division matchups.

Gannon, meanwhile, finished their regular season with a 12-2-4 overall record and an 11-1-4 mark in conference play. The Golden Knights’ .778-win percentage was enough to earn them a first-place ranking in the PSAC Western Division. They will go on to face Seton Hill on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 4:00 p.m. in the opening round of the PSAC Women’s Soccer Championship Tournament.

With the season officially over, senior Emily Esser finished as the team’s leader in points with a score of 12. She tied with sophomore Morgan Kost for the team lead in goals, with four. Esser also finished the season as the team leader in shots, with 38.

Senior goalkeeper Sachi Negri, who was named PSAC West Women’s Soccer Defensive Athlete of the Week twice during the 2022 season, started all 18 games in the net for the Mountain Cats. Negri recorded 117 saves on 271 shots faced this year.

The Pitt-Johnstown women’s soccer team will aim to improve on back-to-back seasons with a .333-win percentage when they next take the field in the fall of 2023.