LEWISBURG, Pa. – Kendall Ham scored two first-half goals to lead the Bucknell women’s soccer team to a critical 2-1 victory over visiting Boston University in Patriot League action Saturday at Emmitt Field. The Bison moved to 10-7 overall and 7-1 in the Patriot League, and they at least temporarily moved into first place pending Navy’s result at Colgate later in the evening.
Ham, one of seven Bison honored in Senior Day festivities prior to the game, scored in the eighth and 32nd minutes to stake her team to a quick 2-0 lead. The goals were her seventh and eighth of the season and 36th and 37th of her career, moving her into sole possession of third place on Bucknell’s career list.
Both goals came on restarts. The first was a free kick sent into the box by Maddie Dano. Karli Cirovski got a head on it, Maddie Mulford flicked it wide, and Ham scored with a turning left-footed shot over the head of keeper Amanda Fay.
Mulford moved into a tied for fifth with Kerry McDonnell on Bucknell’s career assist chart with her 16th.
Mulford nearly made it 2-0 but her shot struck the right post, and the rebound by Alexandra Catanzarite was saved by Fay. Then just past the half-hour mark, Dano’s corner kick was touched in by Ham at the near post.
Boston University (8-7-3, 5-2-1) amped up its pressure late in the half and was rewarded with a goal just 1:46 before the halftime break. Erin Neville’s deep corner kick was headed back in by Dorrie Varley-Barrett for her first goal of the season.
Bucknell defended well for the final 45 minutes. Dani Kaufman made three of her four saves in the second half. The Terriers’ best look was a shot from the top left corner of the area by Kiana Ghamarifard that skipped wide of the far post with about six minutes remaining.
This was a rematch of the last two Patriot League championship games. Boston University won at home in 2015, and the Bison returned the favor last season in Lewisburg. It was an open game between two strong teams, with the Terriers finishing with a slight 18-17 edge in shots. Bucknell had the edge in corner kicks, 11-5.
“Senior Day is always an emotional day, and it could have gone two ways,” said head coach Kelly Cook. “It could be good positive emotion, or it can be overwhelming. I really liked the way we managed it today. We got two early goals and responded well to their goal late in the first half. All seven of these seniors have contributed to the team in so many ways. They are going to leave behind a legacy to be proud of.”
With 21 points, Bucknell jumped over Navy (19) into the Patriot League lead. The Mids play at third-place Colgate (17) at 7 p.m. Boston University remains in fourth place with 16 points.
Bucknell finishes up its regular season next Saturday at Navy at 7 p.m.