ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Six days after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime at Colgate, Kendall Ham followed up her performance with another game-winner Saturday to give the Bucknell women’s soccer team a 2-1 win at Navy at Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.
Ham, the Patriot League’s top goal scorer, scored her 11th goal of the year 22 seconds into the overtime period. The Preseason Offensive Player of the Year blasted a shot from 25 yards out, as the Bison improve to 11-0-1 overall and 5-0-0 in the Patriot League, their best league start in program history. With the win, Bucknell earns its seventh straight victory, tying a school record, while picking up its first win in Annapolis since 2010.
Following a scoreless first half, Bucknell, one of two unbeaten teams in the country, wasted no time getting on the board in the second period. In her first start of the season, tri-captain Cora Climo scored 47 seconds into the half from 20 yards out off a pass from Maddie Mulford in the rematch from last year’s Patriot League Tournament semifinal contest.
Navy, picked third in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, connected on the equalizer in the 54th minute. Karli Sottung scored from inside the 18-yard box, sending a shot over the arms of Jessica Ratner to the far post for her second goal of the season. Eleanor Pratt was credited with an assist.
The Midshipmen generated 14 shots in the second half, but Bucknell, who ranks fourth in the nation in scoring defense (0.35), was up for the challenge. The Bison back line made timely stops, including an incredible save off the line by Karli Cirovski in the 65th minute.
Ratner made just two saves in goal, including a huge stop in the 86th minute. Megan Rogers sent a high shot to the far post, forcing Ratner to make a diving stop to her left side to prevent the score.
"I was really happy with tonight's performance," said head coach Kelly Cook. "We had some really good moments on both sides of the ball. Both Cora and Kendall's goals were fantastic finishes. We had a great mentality going into our second consecutive overtime game and were able to put the game away in the opening minute of play."
Bucknell returns to Lewisburg to host American on Oct. 15. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.