Bison Women’s Soccer finishes a tough weekend 1-1

Charlotte Dursee, Contributing Writer

The Bison women’s soccer team ended this past weekend with a 1-1 record, making their overall season record 3-4-1. On Friday, Sept. 10 the team traveled to Hempstead, N.Y. where they ended up losing a tough battle 2-0 to No. 25 Hofstra Pride. However, the Orange and Blue redeemed themselves at home Sunday afternoon in a come-back win to beat the Rider Broncs 3-1.

Both teams went scoreless in the first half of Friday’s match. To start the second half, the Hofstra Pride came out strong. Hofstra scored early in the second half and towards the end of the match, putting them up 2-0 and placing the pressure on top of the Orange and Blue. Despite being down by two, the Bison kept the game competitive and held on but could not come up with any goals in the end. The Bison ended with four shots on goal but no goals scored. Goalkeeper Jenna Hall ’24 finished the game with an impressive six saves against Hofstra’s four saves. 

The Bison turned the weekend around Sunday afternoon in their comeback win against Rider University. About 16 minutes into the game Paige Temple ’25 kicked the ball to the back of the net to put the Bison up 1-0. The Bison held on strong to the lead until 55 minutes in when an unlucky “own goal” was scored after an attempt to clear the ball, tying the game at 1-1 in the second half.

However, the Bison recaptured the lead about 80 mins in after Teresa Deda’s ’25 shot on goal was deflected by the Rider keeper and the ball bounced to the feet of left forward Kelley Francis ’25. Francis trapped the ball and shot before the keeper could make the save, putting the Bison up 2-1.

The third goal of the game was scored in the final seven minutes of the game by Rylee Donaldson ’23, assisted by Deda. The Orange and Blue clutched the lead for the final minutes of play and came out with the 3-1 win to finish the weekend off. The Bison finished with 10 shots on goal and Hall closed with nine saves.

“Friday was a long day on the road vs. Hofstra. Although our team battled hard, Hofstra capitalized on a couple of our mistakes. I’m proud of the work we put in and the adjustment we made going into Sunday’s game vs. Rider. Although it took us a while to gain momentum, our forwards put away 3 awesome goals, and it’s a great feeling to end our out-of-league play on a win.” Senior defender Alana Carlucci ’22 said when commenting on the Bison’s effort this weekend.

The Bison are now holding on to a record of 3-4-1 as they kick start their season. They will play next Saturday, Sept. 18 at home at 2 p.m. against Navy.

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