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Women’s soccer drops heartbreaker to Lehigh in PL quarterfinals

Kelvin Adjei-Akosah

Kelvin Adjei-Akosah

Megan Keeney, Contributing Writer

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The women’s soccer team was defeated by Lehigh 2-1 in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals on Oct. 30. The Mountain Hawks scored with two seconds left on the clock in double-overtime to advance to the Patriot League semifinals.  The heartbreaking loss ended the season for the Bison as they finished the year with an overall record of 7-11-1.

Forward Gabby Bair ’20 scored the lone goal for the Bison in the 19th minute. A shot by forward Bri Kropinack ’21 was deflected by the goalkeeper, and Bair got the rebound and slotted it into the bottom left corner of the goal, her second goal of the season.

Lehigh answered in the 42nd minute with a long shot into the top right corner, making the game a 1-1 tie at half.

The Bison fought hard throughout the second half as Lehigh provided a consistent onslaught of offense. As the game went into overtime, defender Maddie Dano ’19 and midfielder Holly Burns ’22 were strong assets in the backfield for the Bison. Defender Ali Russo ’20 moved up to a center midfield position and nicely controlled the ball, creating offensive opportunities for the Bison.

However, the Bison were not able to overcome the Mountain Hawks’ pressure. As the shadows of penalty kicks approached in the last minute of the second overtime, Lehigh made their way down the field and scored a last second goal.

“The season was one of adversity,” Kropinack said. “We faced a lot of different injuries and lost a few important faces on the field. Even through the tough times, we persevered and always found a way to work hard either at practice, during a game, or in the weight room. This team, although we may not have made it all the way, was so special in so many different aspects, and that needs to be celebrated. We plan on working hard this spring and returning for another shot next year.”

Goalie Theresa Adu-Attobrah ’20 kept the Bison in the game with a terrific performance, as the Bison faced a lot of pressure from the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh ended with 21 shots, compared to the Bison’s nine shots. Adu-Attobrah had nine saves for the Bison.

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