LEWISBURG, Pa. – Despite a second half goal from forward Kendall Ham, 110 minutes was not enough to determine a winner as the Bucknell women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie against Rider Sunday at Emmitt Field. The Bison move to 4-0-1 on the year, their best start through five games in program history.
The Bison generated 27 shots in the contest, including a period of 18 consecutive shots taken, but were unable to find the back of the net enough times to pull out the victory.
Rider got on the board first, scoring its only goal of the afternoon in the 15th minute. Valeria Pascuet sent a pass over to Ellie Smith, who sent a thru ball to Michelle Iacono for the finish.
Bucknell took the next 11 shots in the game, finally connecting on the equalizer in the 50th minute. Jackie Ham played a 50-50 ball to Alexis Gannon, who sent a pass to Kendall Ham for the breakaway finish and her third goal of the year.
Kendall Ham took a game-high seven shot attempts in the contest, nearly missing the back of the net on several opportunities. Ham had a shot knocked away from the goal line by a Rider defender in the 26th minute, followed by an attempt in the 65th minute that just missed the far post.
The Broncs had a chance to take the lead in the 87th minute on a shot attempt from Caroline Healy. Healy went for the sliding attempt off a cross, but scuffed on the opportunity, keeping the score tied.
Jessica Ratner finished with four saves in the contest, including a terrific stop in the 80th minute. On a free kick, Healy shot the ball to the right post, but Ratner was able to dive and knock away the ball to preserve the score.
Though Bucknell did not pick up the victory, the team does remain unbeaten at Emmitt Field. The Bison are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games at Holmes Stadium dating back to last year.
The Bison return to action Friday (Sept. 9) when they host Mount St. Mary’s. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.