Women’s soccer suffers season-ending loss

Emily Doyle, Staff Writer 

The Bison women’s soccer team traveled to Worcester, Mass. to play Holy Cross for their last regular-season game on Nov. 1. Striving for a spot in the Patriot League Tournament, the Bison and Holy Cross were tied for fourth place at the start of the game. After suffering a 3-0 loss to the Crusaders, paired with unfavorable results around the Patriot League, the Bison were eliminated from playoff contention.

Within the first 20 minutes of the game, Gabby Bair ’20 dribbled the ball down the field, creating shot opportunity that was ultimately saved. Despite a follow-up attempt from Abby Gearhart ’23, the Bison were unable to capitalize.

Kaylee Donnelly ’23 made a save minutes later after the Bison’s attempt to score. A collision in the box left Donnelly injured, so Raegan Dunwoodie ’22 entered in goal for the rest of the game. Dunwoodie collected a save seconds after she entered the game, with another coming in the 43rd minute. Dunwoodie finished the game with four saves.

Nine minutes into the second half, Holy Cross scored their first goal of the game. Following the first goal, Holy Cross went on to net two more late in the game. In a moment of hope, the Bison were given a corner kick in the 85th minute; however, they failed to convert this chance.

“We had to deal with a lot of adversity this season, with injury, position changes, and tough competition every week. Our team did a great job of dealing with all of these things, but we, unfortunately, couldn’t pull it out in the end,” Claire Mensi ’22 said.  “We’re really going to miss our seniors and all that they’ve done for this program; we have some big shoes to fill. It’s going to be a big winter and spring for us so that we can develop as a whole in preparation for the fall 2020 season.”

The Bison finished the season with an overall record of 5-11-2 and a Patriot League record of 3-4-2. Coming off a season filled with hard work and dedication, the team will look to continue development and build momentum for next year.

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