Senior Erica Olson cashed in the fifth goal of her career and second of the season, late in the second half to lift the Cornell women’s soccer team past Bucknell yesterday, in a 1-0 away victory.
The veteran’s goal came at 75:50 when Olson took a ball from junior Adie Sherwood on the left side and sent it past diving Bison goalkeeper Kelly Kannen.
The assist was Sherwood’s first point as a member of the Red.
On the other side of the ball, freshman keeper Katie Thomas once again led the winning effort. Coming off a weekend that earned her Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors (for the second time this season), Thomas did not disappoint.
Tallying five saves, Thomas stonewalled her way to her third shutout of the year, and fourth victory overall.
Thomas currently leads the Ivy league in total saves (89) and saves per game (7.4). She has been a true bright-spot in a somewhat dismal and trying Cornell season. And most think that this is just the beginning of her ascent to Ivy League stardom.
In each half, both teams seemed to have equal opportunities to score (both teams sent 10 shots on goal), and the contest was characterized by a back-and-forth battle for possession.
This past weekend, Cornell fought hard against a dominating Princeton team to try and win the battles at midfield. They kept that strategy in yesterday’s game.
Although it did not win the battle of corner kicks (3-6), shots, or fouls (11-13) Cornell was able to capitalize on the game’s lone goal, and in so doing beat a tough Patriot League opponent.
With the win, Bucknell drops to 9-5 on the season, while the Red gained its elusive fourth win (topping last year’s total wins) and upped its mark to 4-6-3 (1-3-1 Ivy).
With only two weekends remaining in its schedule, the Red will need to maintain its recent rise in momentum just a little while longer to end its season on positive terms.
The Red will next play in Hanover, N.H. this Sunday when it takes on the Dartmouth Green in one of two remaining Ivy League games at 11 a.m.
The Red seems to have recaptured a certain flare it held, then lost, early in its campaign and looks expectantly towards its final two games against the Big Green and the following contest against Columbia on Nov. 10.
Archived article by Scott Jones