LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bison netted the first three goals of the game as the Holy Cross men's soccer team fell to Bucknell, 3-1, in Patriot League action at Emmitt Field on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-7-1 overall (5-3-0 PL), while the Bison improve to 10-5-1 overall (4-3-1 PL).
Bucknell took a 1-0 lead at 22:50 when Jonathan Grad found the back of the net off a pass by Austin Lenart. The Crusaders took their first shot on goal when an attempt by senior captain Monty Sanders (Temecula, Calif.) was saved by Bucknell goalie Mike Lansing in the 31st minute. Lansing kept the Crusaders off the scoreboard with a save on a shot by senior Tommy Uttaro (Staten Island, N.Y.) in the 43rd minute as the Bison took a 1-0 lead to the half.
Sophomore goalie Kevin Wright (McKinney, Texas) mad his first save of the contest in the 47th minute when he made a save on a shot by Jesse Klug. Bucknell increased its lead to 2-0 at 54:24 when Mayowa Alli scored off a header from a corner kick. The Bison added to their lead at 80:12 when Klug knocked in a rebound from a shot by Patrick Figgie to give Bucknell a 3-0 advantage. The Crusaders answered at 85:34 when freshman Matt Villano (Basking Ridge, N.J.) netted his first collegiate goal when he scored off a rebound from a shot by sophomore Eddie Viscount (Smithtown, N.Y.). In the 89th minute, Sanders sent a corner kick to Viscount who had his header attempt saved by Lansing for the 3-1 final score.
Wright made five saves for the Crusaders, while Lansing posted four saves and allowed no goals, while Orman Kimbrough tallied one save and allowed one goal. Bucknell outshot Holy Cross, 18-12, while the Bison took eight shots on goal and the Crusaders had six. The Crusaders took seven corner kicks and the Bison had five.
"We did not play well especially after our big win versus Army during the week," said Holy Cross head coach Marco Koolman. "Bucknell is a great team and played very well. We have to learn that the more you win the tougher it gets. It doesn't matter how you have been playing you have to always perform at that level as you are going to get the opponent's best shot. We can learn from this and use it in our future games this season."
The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Nov. 6, when they host non-conference opponent Harvard at the Linda Johnson Smith Soccer Stadium at 7:00 p.m.
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