HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Senior Brigit Falcón scored the fastest goal into a season in Bucknell women's soccer history, but Colonial Athletic Association preseason favorite Hofstra retaliated with four straight goals over a 22-minute span on the way to a 4-2 defeat of the Bison on Sunday afternoon at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
Freshman Jackie Ham notched her first collegiate goal in the 36th minute to close the gap to 4-2, but after a six-goal first half, neither team could score in the second despite some quality chances.
The season was only 1:55 old when Falcón logged her third career goal with a high shot from about 16 yards out. Meghan Holtz, a freshman making her first collegiate start at left back, and senior Evelyn Nicinski helped set up Falcón for the earliest goal ever scored by a Bucknell player in a season opener. The previous record was set just last season, when Chelsey Garkowski scored 4:33 into what eventually became a 3-0 win over Rider.
The lead did not hold up for long, however, as Hofstra sniper Sam Scolarici picked off a Bison clearance and slotted it back home. Amber Stobbs made it 2-0 just 6:38 later, and then Jill Mulholland and Scolarici added two more to make it 4-1 after just 34 minutes. Scolarici scored 18 goals for the high-scoring Pride a year ago.
Just 1:13 after Scolarici's second goal of the day, Ham intercepted a pass from a Hofstra re-start and scored on a breakaway to open her collegiate scoring account.
"We had a rough 20 minutes and a pretty good 70 minutes," said head coach Ben Landis afterward. "At halftime we challenged them to keep a clean sheet in the second half, and I was pleased that we were able to do that. We are disappointed that the game got away from us a bit after we scored a good early goal. But we responded with a second goal and felt if we could get one more it would be anyone's game, but unfortunately it didn't come."
Hofstra improved to 1-1 after dropping a 1-0 decision at Connecticut on Friday. The Pride finished with a 19-6 shot advantage and led 7-6 in corner kicks.
Junior Jessie Ashworth played all 90 minutes in goal for the Bison and recorded six saves. Along with Holtz, junior Danielle Piccirilli and sophomore Sam Powers also made their first career starts. Four freshmen made their debuts: Holtz, Jackie Ham, twin sister Kendall Ham and Carolyn Casey.
The Bison are back in action next week with two games in the state of New Jersey. Bucknell visits Monmouth on Friday at 5 p.m. and Rider on Sunday at 2 p.m.