Women’s soccer reaches title game

Lauren Whelan, Sports Editor

A successful season for the women’s soccer team came to a close after it fell in the last minute to Boston University in the Patriot League Championship on Nov. 8. The Bison had a decisive 3-0 victory versus Navy in the tournament semifinals on Nov. 6, sending them forward to face the two-time reigning champs Boston, where they ultimately fell 1-0.

In the semifinal game against Navy, the Bison dominated offensively, scoring twice in the first half of the game and again in the second half to secure the victory. The scoring began in the 21st minute with a goal from Kendall Ham ’18, who charged down the field unassisted to put the Bison on the board. The next two goals were scored by Alexis Gannon ’17, with the first assist coming from Jackie Ham ’18.

“The most important moment of the game versus Navy was Kendall’s goal. Scoring first really helped change the momentum of the game and allowed us to dictate more of the play,” Gannon said. 

Riding the momentum from their semifinal win, the Bison then moved on to face reigning champions Boston University. Despite offensive efforts that challenged the Boston defense throughout the first half of the game, the score remained even at 0-0. It was not until the 86th minute of play that a Boston player netted the winning goal from 20 yards out.

“It was a back and forth game with both teams having good chances but at the end of the day Boston was able to finish and that was what it took to end the game,” Gannon said.

The Orange and Blue finished their season with a final record of 11-6-3.

“The biggest take away for me from the season was the incredible leadership from our coaching staff and our senior class this season. Our success this year was a complete team effort and I think we have laid a great foundation for next season,” Gannon said.

The Bison will now have some rest as they head into their off-season.

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