Women's soccer falls to 17th-ranked Bridgeport 3-1

Women's soccer falls to 17th-ranked Bridgeport 3-1

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The Philadelphia University women's soccer team was denied its first three-match winning streak of the season as the 17th-ranked University of Bridgeport scored three first-half goals in a 3-1 non-conference loss Wednesday night.

Philadelphia (3-4-1) was dealt an early blow as starting keeper and reigning Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference defensive player of the week Deanna Messner (Willow Grove, Pa./Archbishop Wood) had to exit the match after getting hit in the head at the 1:10 mark. Messner came back just over 10 minutes later, but Bridgeport took advantage of her absence with a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead.

The Purple Knights' Amanda Moura—who had two of Bridgeport's three goals—notched the first goal of the match 2:20 in after taking an aerial pass from Idoia Agirre.

Agirre increased the lead to two at 11:50 with an assist from Hanne Neby. Neby played a through ball ahead to Agirre, who beat Erin Sullivan (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West)—a defender forced into the keeper role—low to the left post for the goal.

Moura tacked on Bridgeport's third goal as she knocked in a Neby cross at the far post at the 16:11 mark.

Mary Kate Ulmer (Williamstown, N.J./Williamstown) got Philadelphia on the board at 79:02 by taking advantage of a Bridgeport turnover in the Purple Knight defensive third and put her shot past Melanie Ziegner. The goal is Ulmer's second of the season.

In her 79:20 of action, Messner stopped four of the five shots on goal she faced. Sullivan recorded one save in Messner's absence.

For Bridgeport (5-3-0), starting keeper Jennifer Wendelius made three saves. Anneliese Jennings and Ziegner both had one save.

Philadelphia returns to action with a CACC contest against Dominican (N.Y.) on Saturday, Oct. 1 at noon on Ravenhill Field.