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Jessica Ratner
Jessica Ratner
Courtesy: Marc Hagemeier
Bison Fall 1-0 at Boston University, Focus Shifts to PL Tournament
Release:   11/02/2013

BOSTON, Mass. -- Erica Kosienski scored in the 53rd minute to send Boston University to a 1-0 victory over Bucknell on the final day of the Patriot League women's soccer regular season. The Terriers improved to 13-3-3 and 8-1-0 in the league and pulled into a first-place tie with Navy, although the Mids own the tiebreaker and will be the No. 1 seed in the Patriot League Tournament, while the Bison fell to 7-9-1 overall and 4-4-1 in the conference. Bucknell will now have a quick turnaround before heading back out on the road for a quarterfinal game on Tuesday night.

Bucknell had a chance lock up a home quarterfinal game with a win over Boston University, but the Bison ran into a rock-solid Terriers defense that had not conceded a goal in league play since a 1-0 loss at Navy in the PL opener all the way back on Sept. 20. Instead, Bucknell will be the No. 6 seed in the Patriot League Tournament and will face either American or Colgate on Tuesday. The Eagles and Raiders play on Saturday night, with the winner claiming the No. 3 seed and the right to host Bucknell.

Boston University will be the No. 2 seed and will have a bye into the semifinals. The Terriers won their fourth straight game and stretched their unbeaten streak to 10 (8-0-2), while ending Bucknell's two-game winning streak and three-game unbeaten streak. 

Neither team was able to generate a whole lot of chances, as there were a total of only two shots on frame all day. The Terriers were responsible for both of those. One was stopped by freshman goalkeeper Jessica Ratner, and the other was sent into the back of the net by Kosienski early in the second half. Megan McGoldrick passed ahead to Kosienski at the top of the 18. She took a touch to her right and fired a low shot into the left side of the goal. 

Bucknell's best chance came in the first half when Chelsey Garkowski got in behind the defense, but Terriers keeper Andrea Green came out to break up the play. The Bison did get a pair of corner kicks in the final 12 minutes but nothing came of them. 

Defensively, Bucknell limited Boston University to 14 total shots, and the Bison defended 10 corners. Ratner did an excellent job coming off her line on a number of occasions, and she made a good save on Jenna Fisher in the second half.

"We battled hard but just could not get much going offensively," said coach Ben Landis. "We gave the passer too much space on their goal, and they capitalized on it. Boston University is a very good team and is going to be very tough to beat in the tournament. The good news for us is that we are healthy, and we will be ready for Tuesday no matter where we have to go."

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