LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell’s second half rally fell short, as the Bison women’s soccer team suffered its first loss of the season Saturday, falling to Lehigh 3-2 at Emmitt Field. Bucknell moves to 13-1-1 overall and 7-1-0 in the Patriot League, but remains in the driver seat to clinch the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament with one league game remaining on the schedule.
Bucknell, who allowed six goals all year entering Saturday, gave up three goals in the first half. Lehigh watched its lead shrink in the second half, as Maddie Mulford and Bailey Hurst each found the back of the net, but the Bison were unable to score an equalizer, snapping the team’s nine game winning streak.
Prior to the game, Gannon, Sarah Bresette, Cora Climo, Sam Powers, Jessica Ratner and Kelsey Witt were honored for their hard work and dedication to the Bucknell women’s soccer program over the last four years.
Lehigh (10-4-2, 4-3-1 PL), who entered 4-1-2 in road games this year, scored its first goal of the evening in the ninth minute. Tori Pantaleo, the team’s leading goal scorer, took a hard-hit shot outside the 18-yard box, finishing to the left post.
The Mountain Hawks scored again in the 22nd minute. Pantaleo serviced a ball to Sabrina Mertz, who took sent a shot to the near post for her second goal of the season.
Coming off a league win over Lafayette, Lehigh tacked on another goal in the 33rd minute. Ashley Maziarz took a free kick, which went off a Bucknell defender and to the foot of Sidonie Warnecker, who ripped a shot into the netting for the score.
The Bison began their comeback trail, cutting into the deficit in the 50th minute. Mulford popped in her ninth goal of the year after Kendall Ham had her header knocked away by Sam Miller. With the goal, Mulford has recorded a point in 10 consecutive games, adding to her program record.
The Bison generated 23 shots in the contest, including 13 in the second half, while holding an 8-2 advantage in corners.
Ratner finished with three saves in the match, while Miller made five stops for the Mountain Hawks.
Bucknell takes a break from league play Tuesday (Oct. 25) with a trip to Princeton. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.