LEWISBURG, Pa. -- For the the third time this season, the Bucknell women's soccer team scored a game-winning goal in the 79th minute or later, this one coming courtesy of junior Carly Baggott with 45 seconds left in regulation to give the Bison a 1-0 win at Lafayette in the Patriot League openers for both teams.
The defending Patriot League champs improved to 3-5 on the season, with all three wins coming in dramatic fashion. Freshman Brianna Kropinack notched the first two game-winners, and now Baggott, a reserve midfielder, made her second collegiate goal a memorable one. Senior co-captain Meghan Holtz has assisted on all three winning goals.
Bucknell had some good scoring opportunities throughout the match, but it took until the final minute to break through. On the team's 11th corner kick of the afternoon, Holtz headed a clearance back into the scrum, and Baggott scored with a turning shot that rolled into the right side of the net.
The Bison outshot the Leopards (2-4-1) 7-1 in the first half, but four saves from goalkeeper Maggie Pohl kept the game scoreless. Bison keeper Dani Kaufman turned the tables, saving three shots in the second stanza, as Lafayette generated nine shots and four corner kicks after the intermission.
Bucknell finished with a 14-10 shot advantage, with Kendall Ham leading the way with five attempts.
Bucknell now has a 16-game unbeaten streak (14-0-2) against Lafayette dating back to the Leopards' last series win in 2002.
The Bison have a pair of home games next week. They step back away from conference play on Wednesday to host Saint Francis (Pa.), and then Patriot League rival American comes to Emmitt Field next Saturday.