SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Jesse Klug and the Bucknell men's soccer team kept on rolling Saturday, as the sophomore striker scored early and late to lead the Bison to a 2-0 win over Seton Hall at Owen T. Carroll Stadium in the first meeting between the two teams. Klug now has five goals in his last four games, and the Bison won their fifth game in a row to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Sophomore goalkeeper Mike Lansing made 11 saves, including a handful of spectacular stops to preserve a one-goal lead. It was Bucknell's third consecutive shutout as a team, and Lansing now has a personal four-game shutout streak covering 393:05.
The Bison went ahead just 5:40 into the match when they made something out of a simple throw-in on the right side. Connor Willings' made a short throw to Chris Thorsheim, who tapped the ball back to Willings near the touchline. Willings lobbed a ball into the box, and while shielding off a defender, Klug managed to chest the ball past charging goalkeeper Julian Spindler into the open net.
Bucknell defended a dangerous free kick just outside the 18, and Lansing made a terrific stop on Eric Lagg's header to keep it a 1-0 game at the half. Lansing made four saves in the first half and then seven more in the second. He made a key stop on John Gurel in the 79th minute, just after a defender cleared a shot off the line on a corner kick header.
With the Pirates putting on the pressure, Bucknell was able to counter and pick up a much-needed insurance goal with just 7:04 left in regulation. Thorsheim made it happen, changing directions on his defender twice before flipping a ball into the box for freshman Austin Lenart coming in from the left side. Lenart's shot struck the far post and ricocheted back into the middle of the area, and Klug was there to slot the rebound into the back of the net.
Klug has now produced the game-winning goal in four straight games. His second-half tally gave the Bison a come-from-behind 2-1 win over La Salle on Sept. 8. Last weekend he scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over Albany and the opening goal in a 2-0 victory at Siena. Against Seton Hall he produced his first career multi-goal game and took over the team scoring lead from Thorsheim, who has four.
Lansing improved his goals-against average to 0.66 and his save percentage to .867 on the season after picking up his ninth career shutout.
"This is a great win for us coming on the road in a tough environment against a good Big East team," said head coach Brendan Nash, a New Jersey native who won for the seventh straight time in his home state. "Mike Lansing was outstanding. He controlled his box all day and was there when we needed him. It was a great team effort and is a good way to head into Patriot League play."
All four of Bucknell's New Jersey natives impacted the game, led by Lansing (Randolph), Thorsheim (Manalapan) and Lenart (Mount Laurel). FreshmanAndrew Leischner (Scotch Plains) came on as a substitute midfielder.
Seton Hall finished with a 23-9 shot advantage, but the Bison handed them their first home loss in four home contests this season. The Pirates (2-3-2) had scored 11 goals in their previous three home games, the last of which was a 5-4 win over Delaware on Sept. 10.
Bucknell opens Patriot League play next Saturday against Army at 3:30 p.m. at Emmitt Field. The Black Knights enter Sunday's home game against Houston Baptist with a 5-0-1 record, and they have not allowed a single goal all season.