DeLAND, Fla. -- Early goals in each half propelled Stetson to a 3-0 win over visiting Bucknell on Sunday afternoon at the Athletic Training Center. In the first-ever meeting between the two teams, the Hatters went ahead on a sixth-minute penalty kick, then added two insurance goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second period.
The Bison fell to 1-2 on the season after splitting a pair of 1-0 games last weekend. Stetson, playing at home for the first time in 2017, improved to 1-2.
Bucknell outshot Stetson 18-10, but all of the goals came from the home team. Just 5:52 into the match, Deniz Dogan converted a penalty kick to get the Hatters on the board. The Bison went to the locker room down 1-0 despite a 10-3 shot advantage.
The Hatters were awarded yet another penalty kick just over three minutes into the second half, but this time goalkeeper Ryan Ott made the save to deny Finn Busmann. The big play did not change the momentum, however, as just two minutes later the defense had trouble clearing a service into the box, and Daniel O'Brien scored from a sharp angle on the right side to the far post.
Stetson made it 3-0 in the 55th minute, when Dogan volleyed home a cross from Jared Huber.
Ott made two saves in 70 minutes of action. Emmett Witmer finished up in goal and did not face a shot on frame. Joseph Melong made six saves while playing the full 90 for Stetson, his best stop coming on a Matt Thorsheim shot late in the first half. Nick King led Bucknell with five shot attempts.
"Hats off to Stetson, they put us under pressure right from the start and deserved the 1-0 lead," said head coach Brendan Nash. "We were chasing the game a little bit, which was tough in the hot, humid conditions. We are searching for some answers right now. We're looking forward to a good week of practice to see if we can find some of those answers."
Bucknell is back in action next Saturday, hosting Duquesne at 4 p.m. at Emmitt Field.