PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bucknell women’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie at Princeton Tuesday in the non-conference finale for both teams at Myslik Field. Kendall Ham scored her 14th goal of the year in the stalemate, as the Bison move to 13-1-2 overall on the year with just one game remaining in the regular season.
Bucknell, who entered Tuesday undefeated on the road, scored the game’s first goal in the 25th minute. Ham played a long through ball from Maddie Mulford, who’s now recorded a point in 11 consecutive contests, beating her defender and getting off a shot past a charging Natalie Grossi to the left post.
Princeton (9-4-2), the defending Ivy League champions, scored the equalizer in the 71st minute. Mimi Asom fired a shot from the right side to the inside post, giving the Tigers their first goal in three games.
Though Princeton held a 10-2 shot advantage in the second half and overtime, the Bison did a great job preventing scoring opportunities, as Bucknell made timely deflections and clear outs, including an important clear out from Cora Climo in overtime.
Jessica Ratner made six saves in the stalemate, including a tough stop in the final seconds of regulation, turning away a shot from Tyler Lussi, Princeton’s all-time leading goal scorer.
“Tonight’s game was a great battle between two quality teams,” said head coach Kelly Cook. “Both teams created dangerous chances and had some key defensive stops. Jessica came up with a few big saves in the second half. I was really happy with the way we came out and played in a tough midweek road contest.”
Bucknell, the second ranked team in the Mid-Atlantic region, wraps up the regular season Saturday with a contest at Army West Point. With a victory, the Bison will clinch the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament. Game time is set for 3 p.m. and the contest will broadcast on the Patriot League Network.