Women’s soccer tallies 13 goals in two dominant wins

Elise Covert, Contributing Writer

The women’s soccer team remains dominant after two wins against Mount St. Mary’s and Iona College on Sept. 9 and Sept. 11, respectively.

The Bison started strong against Mount St. Mary’s as Kendall Ham ’18 recorded a goal in the ninth minute of play on an assist from her twin sister, Jackie Ham ’18. K. Ham would add two more goals in the 51st and 58th minutes of the game to complete her second career hat-trick.

The Orange and Blue entered halftime with a 1-0 lead, and the offense exploded in the second half. In addition to Kendall Ham’s goals, Alexis Gannon ’17 and Bailey Hurst ’20 added one each to extend the blowout lead to 5-0. Gannon’s goal was scored on a penalty kick that she buried in the bottom left corner after being taken down by a tackle in the box.

The Bison fired a total of 25 shots and earned seven corner kicks that night. They only allowed Mount Saint Mary’s to get two shots off in the entire contest. Jessica Ratner ’17 and Dani Kaufman ’20 combined as goalies for the shutout.

On Sept. 11, the team traveled to Iona College. The offense continued the strong streak, scoring four goals in the first half and matching that total in the second to secure the dominating 8-0 win.

Karli Cirovski ’18 got the Bison on the board in the ninth minute with a header off a corner kick. Other first half goals were added by Maddie Mulford ’18, K. Ham, and Gabby Bair ’20.

Second-half goals were scored by K. Ham, Bair, Lilly Courts ’20, and Camille Andrews ’19. K. Ham increased her season scoring total to a team-leading eight goals in seven games. Bair, Courts, and Andrews each notched their first goals in Orange and Blue uniforms. Ratner and Kaufman again combined minutes to record the shutout, the team’s fifth of the season.

Prior to these two games, head coach Kelly Cook remarked on the team’s efforts.

“We need to do a better job of starting games with greater intensity and focus,” Cook said. The team certainly delivered on that goal this weekend, scoring within the first 10 minutes in each of the games.

The Bison carry a record of 6-0-1 into their league play opener against Boston University on Sept. 18.

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