Women’s soccer falls short off an early goal

Kaelyn Long, Senior Writer

The Bison women’s soccer team lost a tough 1-0 battle against the Naval Academy on a rainy Wednesday evening at Emmitt Field. The lone goal was scored just 1:52 into the game, and the Bison were unable to respond over the course of the next 88 minutes. The Orange and Blue now sit at 1-2-2 overall and 1-2-2 in the south division of the Patriot League. 

“The game was hard fought. Navy caught us in a moment of disorganization and was able to put one in early. The rest of the game we were battling back but ultimately weren’t able to finish. However, it was probably our team’s best performance this season and something we’re going to learn from and continue to build on,” Emilene Parham’22 said. 

Defensively, the Bison have held strong, only allowing one goal scored against them up until this game. Navy scored quickly after the opening whistle off a header shot from a corner kick. In goal for the Bison, Kaylee Donnelly ’23 got a glove on the ball, but the shot was ultimately ruled to have crossed the line for the goal. 

Offensively, the Bison were able to outshoot Navy 7-1 during the rest of the first half. In the second, Alex Catanzarite ’21 came up strong blocking a shot off a free kick. Alana Carlucci ’22 caused some chaos to prevent a Navy goal near the left of the goal as Jenna Hall ’24 came up with the save at the near post while in goal. 

In the final push for the Bison, the team gave it all they had to earn the equalizer goal. Parham had a shot blocked, earning a corner kick. Jenna Marek ’21 had a follow-up attempt that went over the crossbar. The final 30 seconds led to a corner kick for the Orange and Blue, but they were unable to execute in time for the final buzzer. Navy led the game in corners, with a 7-3 advantage, while the Bison finished with the 12-9 shot advantage. 

After getting their game cancelled this past weekend against Boston University, the Bison look forward to their match up against the Lafayette Leopards on Saturday, April 10. This will also be a special day to honor the team’s seniors: Marek, Catanzarite, Bri Kropinack, Chloe Christakos, and Sarah Hazard. 

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