WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Bucknell women’s soccer team clinched the Patriot League regular season title and the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament on Saturday with a 1-0 victory at Army West Point at Clinton Field. Kendall Ham scored the lone goal in the contest, as the Bison wrap up the regular season 14-1-2 and 8-1-0 in Patriot League play.
Bucknell earns its fifth regular season title, and will host the Patriot League Tournament for the fourth time in program history. The Bison previously held the semifinal and championship contests in Lewisburg in 1995, 2006 and 2007.
The Bison, who rank third in the nation in total goals, generated 14 shots in the first half, cashing in on a score in the 33rd minute. The goal was Ham’s 15th of the season and No. 29 of her career, passing Jennifer Margolis to sit alone in seventh-place on Bucknell’s all-time list. Alexis Gannon was credited with the assist, her sixth of the year.
Bucknell’s defense was terrific all afternoon, limiting the Black Knights to three shots in the contest, including just one attempt in the opening 45 minutes, picking up its 10th shutout of the season. The Bison, who’ve allowed the fewest goals in the league this year, has now posted consecutive seasons with double-digit shutouts.
Jessica Ratner earned shutout No. 23 and win No. 28 in the regular season finale, posting two saves. Jordan Cassalia was under pressure throughout the match, but managed to post seven stops.
“Today, we had a slow start but as the game progressed we stepped up and found a rhythm,” said head coach Kelly Cook. “We were able to create numerous chances throughout the game, but struggled to find the back of the net. Kendall found a way to score and the goal was key in the victory. I am very proud to capture the regular season title today, but we need to continue to improve going into the tournament.”
The Bison receive a quarterfinal bye and will compete in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinal contest on Nov. 4.