WORCESTER, Mass. – The Bucknell women’s soccer team tied its longest unbeaten streak in program history Saturday with a 3-0 win at Holy Cross at Smith Soccer Stadium. The Bison scored twice in the first half and once more in the second half to improve to 8-0-1 overall, their best start in school history, and 2-0 in the Patriot League.
The team’s nine-game unbeaten streak matches their longest total, which they set last season. Bucknell improves to 20-5-2 all-time against Holy Cross (1-8-0, 0-1-0 PL) and have now won 12 consecutive contests against the Patriot League foe.
Bucknell, who entered Saturday with the league's top offense, got on the board just 6:55 into the match. Maddie Mulford played a ball from Kendall Ham from the far side to score her fourth goal of the year.
In the 25th minute, Mulford returned the favor, connecting with Ham for her conference-leading ninth goal of the season. Mulford worked the ball past the Holy Cross defense, finding Ham for the easy finish.
The Bison, who rank sixth in the country in scoring offense and eighth in points per game, scored their third goal of the contest in the 74th minute. Mulford was able to beat the goalkeeper from the far side, leaving Ali Russo open for her first collegiate goal.
Jessica Ratner, the reigning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, posted four saves in the victory for shutout No. 20 in her career.
Bucknell, who ranks fifth in the country in scoring defense, kept the sheet clean for the fourth-consecutive game and the seventh time this year. The Bison have not allowed a goal in the last 455:04.
“We came out strong and were able to get on the board early,” said head coach Kelly Cook. “We knew it was important to finish chances, especially those early opportunities. The back line was solid once again and Jessica made a few key saves to keep it scoreless. Right now, we are doing a good job of focusing on one game at a time.”
Bucknell returns to action Wednesday (Sept. 28) with a mid-week matchup against Lafayette at Emmitt Field. Game time is 7 p.m. and will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.