Women’s Soccer earns a bye to the semifinals

Lauren Medeiros, Staff Writer

The Bucknell Women’s Soccer Team faced off against Lehigh at Emmitt Field on Wednesday. 

Around the thirteenth minute mark of the first half, the Mountain Hawks got lucky and scored the first goal of the game. The Bison didn’t let this goal affect their play, continuing to fight hard and shoot on goal. 

With 48 seconds to go in the first half, defender Meghan White ’26 scored the equalizing goal for Bucknell. From roughly 45 yards out, White took the shot and a high bounce took it over the head of Lehigh’s keeper. So far this season, White has earned two Patriot League Rookie of the Week Honors, and now this moment signifies her first career goal.

“It was a surreal feeling to score the tying goal,” White said. “I knew that we needed to take the momentum back from Lehigh going into the second half.”

The second half was filled with scoring opportunities for both teams, however, neither team was able to find the back of the net again. Overall, Bucknell ended the game with a 21-12 shot advantage and a 4-2 lead in corner kicks. 

Some important game leaders were White with one goal, Abby Gearhart ’23 with five shots, Paige Temple ’25 with three shots and Rylee Donaldson ’23 with three shots. Additionally, goalkeeper Jenna Hall ’24 saved three shots that were on frame by Lehigh. 

This game was crucial, helping the Bison clinch the number two seed in the Patriot League Tournament and giving them a bye to the semi-finals. 

On Nov. 3, Bucknell will face off at 7:00 p.m. against Boston University. This semi-final game will be held at Emmitt Field, home of the Bison. 

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