MORGANTOWN, W.V. -- Bucknell saw another oustanding season come to a close with a 3-0 loss to seventh-ranked and second-seeded West Virginia in the opening round of the 2017 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament on Saturday at Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium.
The Bison trailed just 1-0 after one half of play, but the Mountaineers added goals in the 47th minute and 58th minute to pull away and advance to the next round, where they will host either Rutgers or La Salle. Michaela Abam scored the first two goals for WVU, her ninth and 10th of the season, while Sh'Nia Gordon completed the scoring with her third goal of the year.
Theresa Adu-Attobrah made eight saves for Bucknell. Rylee Foster was credited with the shutout for West Virginia.
The Bison, which played in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season and fourth time overall, end the year with a 12-9 record. The Mountaineers, who lost in the 2016 NCAA title game and started this season ranked No. 1 in the country, improved to 16-3-2.
Despite the loss, it was another banner year for the Bison. They finished 7-2 in Patriot League play and won the PL Tournament title as the No. 2 seed. The highlight-reel 87th-minute goal from Alexandra Catanzarite in the 1-0 semifinal win over Boston University and the hat trick from Kendall Ham in the 3-2 victory over top-seeded Navy in the championship game are now cemented in Bucknell's postseason lore.
This was the final appearance for the most successful senior class in program history. The group of Carolyn Casey, Karli Cirovski, Jackie Ham, Kendall Ham, Meghan Holtz, Maddie Mulford and Gabi Rosenfeld will graduate with a school-record 49 career victories. This class had a combined record of 49-25-7 and a Patriot League mark of 25-8-3. They qualified for the postseason all four years, made it to two PL finals, won a regular-season and two tournament championship, and made it to two NCAA Tournaments. Five of the seven members of the class combined for 13 All-Patriot League citations.
To the class with the most wins in Bucknell women’s soccer history, two consecutive Patriot League Championships, and a 3.5 cumulative GPA, thank you for all that you have done to progress the culture of this program. You will always be a part of #OurHerd pic.twitter.com/9SyE01AGx3— Bucknell WSoccer (@Bucknell_WSOC) November 11, 2017
Kelly Cook's postgame press conference: