Women’s soccer cruises to fifth straight shutout

Makenna Cerney, Contributing Writer

The women’s soccer team pulled out an easy 4-0 victory against Patriot League rival American University on Sept. 23 and a 3-0 win at Loyola Md. on Sept. 27. These wins bring their season record to 6-5, and improved their record to 3-0 in league play.

The Bison started strong with intense offensive pressure. After battling the defense, Kendall Ham ’18 successfully scored in the 33rd minute and entered halftime with a 1-0 lead.

“We went into the game with the mindset to score early and compete. Every Patriot League game is always a battle, so we make sure to stress in pre-game talks that playing with heart and grit is so important,” said Gabi Rosenfeld ’18.

Early in the second half, the second goal for the Bison came from a header by Rosenfeld off of a corner kick from defender Maddie Dano ’19. Ham scored her second goal of the afternoon to give the Bison the 3-0 cushion, capping off her seven-point week. Dano notched another assist for her corner kick on the third goal.

With only a few minutes remaining, Lilly Courts ’20 notched her first collegiate goal with a blast from 40 yards out.

“I got an amazing lay-off from my teammate Tia Zajec [’21], and just took a shot. There was not a ton of time left so I thought I might as well and I was lucky enough to see it fly into the net,” Courts said.

On the defensive end of the field, the Orange and Blue continued their run of shutouts, holding American to only 12 shots. Dating back to Sept. 7, the Bison are holding onto a 377-minute shutout streak. Defender Alex Catanzarite ’21 darted from the line early in the second half to block a shot from just inside of the box and preserve the blank state. Goalie Dani Kaufman ’20 finished with six saves, contributing to the scoreless streak. Kaufman remains first in the Patriot League, averaging 5.7 saves per game.

On Sept. 27, the team continued their winning streak with a convincing 3-0 win over Loyola Md. Goals came from K. Ham, Jackie Ham ’18, and Gabby Bair ’20.

The team will continue League play at Holy Cross on Sept. 30.

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