LEWISBURG, Pa. – Junior Kendall Ham recorded her second career hat-trick to lead Bucknell to a 5-0 blowout win over visiting Mount St. Mary’s in non-conference women’s soccer action Friday night at Emmitt Field. Senior Alexis Gannon and freshman Bailey Hurst added goals as the Bison remained unbeaten at 5-0-1 on the season.
"I was really happy with the whole game tonight," said head coach Kelly Cook. "We set some goals for the game and were able to go out and accomplish them. It was nice to see a whole team win tonight and I was happy with how we played."
Ham’s first goal came 8:40 into the contest and was assisted by her twin sister Jackie Ham for the first goal-assist combo of that kind in the two players’ three-year careers at Bucknell. Jackie Ham delivered a long pass into the box to a wide-open Kendall Ham, who finished with a left-footed kick to the right post.
Bucknell controlled possession for the majority of the first half, finishing with a 13-1 advantage in shots, but didn’t find the back of the net again until the second half. Gannon was brought down in the box and then converted the penalty kick in the 48th minute for her first goal of the season.
The Bison didn’t waste any time before putting the game away with their third goal. Kendall Ham took a pass from Gabi Rosenfeld and beat one defender and the goalie to score in the 51st minute. She added her third goal of the game and her sixth of the season in the 58th minute. The goal was set up by a nice volley into the box from Maddie Mulford and put the Bison up 4-0.
Bucknell’s fifth and final goal was a result of a well-executed corner kick. Senior Sam Powers served the ball into the crowd, where sophomore Maddy Hackley was there to head the ball to Hurst. The Bison freshman finished for her second goal of the season.
Bucknell has out-scored its opponents 14-3 through the first six games of the season. The Bison will look to keep the momentum going with a game at Iona on Sunday at 2 p.m.
It was Iona, coincidentally, that Kendall Ham’s last hat-trick came against. She tallied three goals, while Gannon and Carly Baggot scored one apiece in a 5-0 win.
With Lafayette’s loss to Penn on Friday, Bucknell and Lehigh are the only remaining unbeaten teams in the Patriot League.