Women’s soccer earns first Patriot League win

Megan Keeney, Contributing Writer

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The Bison women’s soccer team earned its first Patriot League win of the season on Sept. 22, defeating American by a score of 2-1.

The Bison experienced pressure from the start, as the Eagles struck 1:50 minutes into the game. After falling behind, the Bison quickly answered when Kate Henesey ’22 found Jenna Marek ’21 in front of the goal during the 20th minute. Marek slotted the ball right past the goalie to record her third goal of the season.

When the Eagles fought their way back to the other end, Tia Zajec ’21 made a goal-line save for the Bison. Moments later, the Orange and Blue gained offensive possession and earned a corner kick. Maddie Dano ’19 curved the corner kick into the goal to mark her first goal of the season.

Theresa Adu-Attobrah ’20 collected eight saves in goal for the Bison, giving her a total of 57 saves on the season. Late in the second half, the Eagles fired a shot off of Adu-Attobrah that bounced onto the goal line before Ali Russo ’20 made a phenomenal defensive save to clear the ball out of the box.

“We couldn’t have done it without save after save from T [Adu-Attobrah], and the defensive line,” Marek said. “Even though we had a slow start to the game, we were able to come back and prove to ourselves and everyone in the conference that we can win games.”

In a very back-and-forth game, the Bison placed all 10 of their shots on goal, compared to the Eagles’ 11 shots on goal from a total of 14 shots. The Bison also held a seven to four advantage in corner kicks.

Despite numerous players suffering from injuries this season, the Bison were able to reshuffle their lineup and earn their first Patriot League win of the season.

The Orange and Blue improved to a 3-6-1 record (1-1-0 in Patriot League) with the victory before defeating Loyola, 1-0, on Sept. 26. They will next face Holy Cross on Sept. 29 at 1 p.m on Emmitt Field.

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