7-goal outburst leads to victory for women’s soccer

Jen Lee, Assistant Sports Editor

Facing sweltering heat and high humidity at home, the women’s soccer team breathed a sigh of relief once it found the back of the net in the 85th minute against Robert Morris on Sept. 5 to come away with the 1-0 win. After an emotional victory, the Bison followed it up with seven goals in a 7-1 victory over Mount St. Mary’s on Sept. 9.

The Bison relied on the depth of their lineup to propel them past Robert Morris. The Bison offense put pressure on the Robert Morris goalie all game, outshooting the Colonials 30-14. Three shots hit solidly off of the post, and several others were wide by just inches.

Finally, with 5:35 remaining, Montana Paley ’17 one-touched a cross from Meghan Holtz ’18 at the top of the box that curled just inside the right post. The Bison held the ball in their possession for the remainder of the game to win a hard fought match. Goalie Jessie Ashworth ’16 kept the Bison in the game defensively with seven saves, leading to her second shutout of the season.

Paley’s goal seemed to open the floodgates for the Bison offense. Four nights later, the Orange and Blue were able to unload on a helpless Mount St. Mary’s defense.

Danielle Piccirilli ’16 scored first for the Bison just 3:12 minutes into the game. Kendall Ham ’18 led the offense with two goals and an assist, while Alexis Gannon ’17 followed close behind with a goal and an assist of her own. The Bison were up 4-1 at the half and cruised to the win.

The Bison look to continue this two-game winning streak as they travel to Florida this weekend to play Stetson tonight and Jacksonville on Sept. 14.

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