LEWISBURG, Pa. – Kendall Ham capped a seven-point week with a pair of goals, Gabi Rosenfeld tallied her third goal in the last two games, and the Bucknell women’s soccer team ran past American 4-0 on Saturday at sunny Emmitt Field. The Bison improved to 2-0 in Patriot League play and leveled their season mark at 5-5 with their fourth straight shutout victory.
Dani Kaufman made six saves and Alexandra Catanzarite cleared one off the line in the second half to preserve another clean sheet for the Bucknell defense. The team’s scoreless streak is now up to 377:39 dating back to the second half of the Tennessee game on Sept. 7.
Bucknell applied lots of early pressure in this one but could not solve American goalkeeper Ryleigh Brown until the 33rd minute. After a nice buildup in the middle of the field the ball was played wide to Catanzarite. Her shot was tipped off the near post by Brown, and Ham nodded the ball over the line from point-blank range.
The Bison took the 1-0 lead into the locker room, and then picked up an insurance goal just over eight minutes into the second half. Rosenfeld, who logged a brace in the 4-0 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Wednesday, scored on a running header off a corner kick from Maddie Dano.
Catanzarite kept it a 2-0 game when she was perfectly positioned on the far post to deflect Olivia Lai’s corner kick volley.
Riley Coopersmith cracked a shot of the crossbar in the 71st minute, but the Bison cashed in two more goals in the final nine minutes. Another Dano corner kick led to the third goal of the day. Chloe Christakos, who scored her first collegiate goal on Wednesday, headed the ball back into the center of the box, where Ham slotted home a shot with her left foot.
The Bison cleared the bench with five minutes to go, and reserve left back Lilly Courts had a moment of brilliance with a 40-yard strike that snuck in under the crossbar. It was her second collegiate goal and first of the season, coming off the first assist from Tia Zajec. Courts almost scored again from long distance about a minute later, but this time her drive rocketed off the bar.
Bucknell finished with a 24-12 shot advantage, with a game-high eight attempts coming from Ham.
Brown finished with eight saves for the Eagles, who fell to 1-9 overall and 0-2 in the Patriot League.
“I was very happy with our second-half performance,” said head coach Kelly Cook. “We were a bit disappointed with the first half, despite getting the goal. I didn’t think we did enough to take advantage of our opportunities. At halftime we talked about increasing our pressure, and that led to us becoming much more dangerous in the attacking end. We created good scoring opportunities in a variety of ways. It was great to convert on a couple of corner kicks.”
Ham had three assists in the Saint Francis game on Wednesday, and now her two goals in this one vaults her into a tie for the team scoring lead with Meghan Holtz. Ham also moved past Kerry McDonnell into sixth place on Bucknell’s career goals list with 31. She is now one behind Christa Matlack for a spot in the top five.
Bucknell has two Patriot League road games this week, at Loyola on Wednesday followed by a trip to Holy Cross next Saturday.