Bison Struggle Against Formidable Foes

Justin Schaumberger, Sports Co-Editor

The Bison women’s soccer team had a tough weekend of competition, falling to Colgate 3-0 and Princeton 6-1 on the road. The losses put the Bison at 5-6-1 on the season and 2-1 in Patriot League play. 

On Saturday, Sept. 25, the Bison fell in a tough Patriot League contest against rival Colgate. The loss stopped a three game winning streak for the Orange and Blue. Jenna Hall ’24 made a great stop on a breakaway early in the game to keep the contest scoreless. The Raiders were able to take the lead five minutes before halftime. Colgate doubled their advantage in the 60th minute and then tallied their third in the 80th minute to seal the game. The Bison were unable to score for the first time in their past three contests, but it was not without trying. They forced the Colgate keeper to make five saves throughout the contest. 

In their final non-league match of the season, the Bison fell 6-1 to a very strong Princeton team. Princeton has been ranked nationally throughout the entire season so far and it showed during the match. The Tigers scored three goals in the opening 12 minutes of the match that took the wind out of the Bison’s sails. Hall was able to come up with a penalty save in the 22nd minute to keep the score at 3-0. Princeton scored one more time before halftime making the score 4-0. Abby Gearhart ’23 scored her third goal of the season early in the second half to get the Bison on the board. Gearhart managed to get on the end of a cross from Alana Carlucci’s ’22 cross before crashing into the post. The rest of the contest was all Princeton as they scored twice more to make the final score 6-1. 

“Unfortunately, neither game went our way this weekend. Both games were a good learning experience, that we need to compete for a full 90 defensively, and finish our chances to put teams away early. We have a big league game this coming weekend against Holy Cross, where we are really going to focus on fixing what went wrong this week. We are still in a really good position in the league, so we are really looking forward to bouncing back strong and getting a solid road win” Raegan Dunwoodie ’22 said. 

The Bison will look to get back on track and improve to .500 on the season when they travel to Holy Cross. The game is on Sunday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. 

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