Women’s soccer drops to Colgate, beats Lehigh

Makenna Cerney, Contributing Writer

Bison women’s soccer fell short to Colgate by a score of 3-2 on the road on Oct. 14, then tallied a 2-1 win against Lehigh on Oct. 18. They now hold a 9-7 record overall, 6-1 in the league, and hold second place in league standings heading into the last week of regular season play.

“Although we are disappointed with the result [at Colgate], it was a very evenly fought game and we learned a lot as a team. We battled for 90 minutes, which is what we are going to have to do with our remaining games,” Kendall Ham ’18 said.

Colgate scored early in the first half with a long distance shot from 40 yards out that gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead and set the tone for a tough, physical battle. Ham responded with a goal in the 34th minute, tying the score at 1-1 on a cross from Gabi Rosenfeld ’18. It was Ham’s team-leading sixth goal of the season. The teams entered halftime tied at one goal apiece.

Ten minutes into the second half, Maddie Mulford ’18 found the back of the net to retake the lead for the Bison. The play began when defender Meghan Holtz ’18 took a free kick from the right edge of the 18-yard-box. Maddie Dano ’19 headed it down to Mulford, who finished it for her third goal of the season.

Soon after, Colgate responded, scoring off of a free kick with a shot that got past keeper Dani Kaufman ’20. The Raiders took advantage of this newfound momentum and scored a breakaway goal with just over three minutes remaining to secure the 3-2 win over the Bison. Kaufman tallied seven saves in the effort.

“Although unfortunate, we learned that Patriot League games come down to who can compete the hardest for the whole ninety-plus minutes. We also learned that set pieces are incredibly important, and we are looking to use that knowledge to win our last few games in the league,” Karli Cirovski ’18 said.

The Orange and Blue bounced back in a crucial home game against Lehigh on Oct. 18, winning 2-1 on goals from Alexandra Catanzarite ’21 and Mulford. With the victory, the senior class became the winningest class in Bison women’s soccer history, notching 46 wins over their four seasons. This landmark achievement will be more extensively covered in next week’s issue of The Bucknellian.

The Bison continue league play when they host Boston University on Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. The Class of 2018 will be recognized for their accomplishment before the teams take the field.

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