Bison Women’s Soccer secures a win on the road

Charlotte Dursee, Contributing Writer

Last Thursday night, the Orange and Blue Women’s Soccer Team traveled to Binghamton, N.Y. for a match against the Bearcats in non-league play. 

A mix of efforts from upperclassmen and new Bison contributed to their second shutout this season. 

The offensive players dominated on the Bearcats end. Teresa Deda ’25 and Rylee Donaldson ’23 managed seven shots on goal each. Abby Gearhart ’23 and Petie Nassetta ’23 kept the team in order from the midfield. On the defensive side, Olivia DeConinck ’25 held the defense together as center back. 

Donaldson was able to put the Bison on the board early on during the match. Gearhart sent a ball over her head. Donaldson took a shot on goal but was initially unsuccessful. She followed up on the rebound and tapped the ball in for her third goal on the season. 

“When I scored, I was immediately so excited,” Donaldson said. “I was [hyped] to put the team ahead and give us a nice cushion early in the first half. The best part is always celebrating with my teammates after the goal and hearing Ray Bucknell play.”

Binghamton tried responding with multiple attempts on goal and four corner kicks. Binghamton was overall unsuccessful, despite taking control of the game moments after the Bison’s goal.

The Bison took back control of the game at the end of the first half. Donaldson got off six more shots during this time and managed to put the pressure on Binghamton’s defense. Both teams swapped goalies for the second half. Kaylee Donnelly ’23 and Jenna Hall ’24 finished with a total of six saves combined.

The Bison had their second goal in the 66th minute of the game. Deda put up a long corner kick, which met the head of Sydney Hess ’26. Deda is now tied for most career assists. 

“I think the biggest takeaway for the team in the game against Binghamton was how well we play when we are moving the ball quickly and getting the entire team involved. It was a true team win and we had great success in combo play,” Donaldson said.

The Bison also traveled to Ohio on Sunday to compete against Youngstown State, but were unable to secure a second win of the week. 

The Orange and Blue travel to both Towson and West Virginia this upcoming week to secure more wins.

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