LEWISBURG, Pa. – The American defense was kept occupied all day as five different members of the Bison women’s soccer team scored goals in the team’s 5-1 triumph over the Eagles Saturday at Emmitt Field.
With the victory, Bucknell improved to 12-0-1 overall and 6-0-0 in Patriot League play, remaining one of just two teams nationally that are still undefeated this season. The 12th win ties the program record for wins in a single season with four regular season games and postseason play remaining.
The victory also improves on Bucknell’s best Patriot League start in program history, as well as earning it the longest consecutive win streak in program history at eight games.
Maddie Mulford sparked the Bison early on with the game’s first goal in the fifth minute of the contest. Her shot from the left side of the box sailed into the bottom right corner, good for the junior’s eighth goal of the season.
Even though Bucknell maintained possession throughout most of the first half, it seemed as if it would head into halftime with just a 1-0 lead, but the Bison added to their lead with two goals in the final three minutes of the half. Casey Gray scored the first goal of her collegiate career in the 43rd minute, and just 50 seconds later, Bailey Hurst’s blast from 25 yards out went into the top right corner and increased the Bison lead to three heading into halftime.
The second half started out the same as the first half, as Kendall Ham headed in her league-leading 12th goal of the season in the 49th minute. It was also Cora Climo’s second assist of the day in just her second start of the season.
American did manage to put one in the back of the net to bring the score to 4-1 moments later, but after seeing many substitutes being brought into the game for Bucknell, Gabby Bair brought the lead to 5-1 in the 71st minute. Ali Russo’s soft touch set Bair up perfectly in front of the net for the goal.
“Our goal at halftime was to have a better second half than we did in the first,” said head coach Kelly Cook. “We wanted to keep the pressure on. As much as we wanted to win the game today, we want to get better and better every game to prepare for the tournament.”
Looking to earn another victory in conference play, Bucknell will travel to Loyola on Oct. 19. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. and will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.