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Niagara women's soccer drops season opener at Bucknell


LEWISBURG, P.A. -- The Niagara University women's soccer team dropped its season opener to the two-time defending Patriot League champion Bucknell Bison, 4-1, on Sunday. Freshman midfielder Ashley Lofranco netted Niagara's lone goal.
Game Summary

  • Bucknell got on the scoreboard in the 11thminute when Maddie Dano's cross in the box was mishandled by Sabrina Locas, which allowed Jenna Marek to tap the ball into the open net.
  • The Bison made it 2-0 in the 24th minute. Kate Hennessey's shot in the box was saved but Bailey Hurst scored on the rebound.
  • Kelsey Araujo created a few chances in the first half with her best opportunity coming in the 35th minute. She used her pace to skip around the keeper, but her shot towards the goal was blocked by a defender.
  • Seven minutes into the second half, Bucknell's Claire Mensi headed in a goal on a corner kick to give the Bison a 3-0 lead. Bucknell made it 4-0 in the 75th minute.
  • Niagara's first goal of the season came from freshman Ashley Lofranco in the 88th minute. She received a pass from Veda Hensel and unleashed a right-footed shot outside of the box to beat the keeper.

Eagle's Eye On…

  • Freshman Ashley Lofranco scored on her first career shot and played in 22 minutes.
  • Sophomore Veda Hensel registered her first career point (an assist) in her ninth career game.
  • Kelsey Araujo shared game-high marks with four shots.
Inside The Numbers

  • This was the second all-time meeting between the teams and first since 1998.
  • Niagara and Bucknell each recorded 13 shots and four saves.
Coach's Corner

  • "In a game like today you have to give credit to your opponent for capitalize on some crazy mistakes that we made. It's a shame because at time we played extremely well and dominated. Unfortunately, we made too many mistakes. I thought our effort was great throughout the game, and the mistakes are things that we can fix with practice." – head coach Peter Veltri

Up Next

  • The Purple Eagles will host Cleveland State for their home opener on Thursday, August 23 at 7 p.m. 

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