BALTIMORE, Md. – The Bucknell women’s soccer team scored three first half goals to defeat Loyola Wednesday evening at Ridley Athletic Complex. Alexis Gannon, Kendall Ham and Gabby Bair each found the back of the net in the victory, as the Bison improve to 13-0-1 and 7-0-0 in the Patriot League.
Bucknell’s 13 wins on the year is a new program mark for victories in a season. The Bison reached 12 wins in 1994, 2001 and 2006. Bucknell has three games remaining in the regular season, and with a victory Saturday, will secure the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament.
Bucknell, one of two unbeaten teams in the country, got on the board first in the 10th minute. Gannon played a ball from Gabi Rosenfeld, sending a shot past a charging Summer Rahe to the left post for the score.
The Bison, who lead the nation in scoring offense (3.08), scored their second goal of the evening in the 28th minute. Maddie Mulford, who’s now recorded a point in nine consecutive contests, sent a through ball to Ham, putting a move on her defender before sending a left-footed blasted over the outstretched arms of the keeper into the netting for her league-leading 13th goal of the year. With the goal, Ham passes Katie McElligott ’00 for eighth all-time in goals on Bucknell’s all-time list.
“I was really happy with how we handled the mid-week road contest,” said head coach Kelly Cook. “We had a tremendous start to the game scoring three goals in the first half.”
The Bison back line was solid throughout the evening. Bucknell, who owns the ninth-ranked scoring defense in the nation (0.45), made timely stops, including deflections from Ali Russo and Meghan Holtz, to notch its nine shutout of the season.
Jessica Ratner, the program’s all-time shutouts leader, picked up shutout No. 22 and victory No. 28 overall in goal. Her 13 goalkeepers wins this season are a new school record, passing Katie Dry and Laurie Purse. Ratner posted three saves in the win, including a great stop in the 84th minute following a Loyola free kick just outside the box.
“The second half Jessica and the back line stepped up and kept the sheet clean,” said Cook. “We are doing a great job of staying focused on each game and not overlooking any opponent.”
Bucknell returns to action Saturday (Oct. 22) for its regular season home finale against Lehigh on Senior Day. Game time is set for 7 p.m. and the contest will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.