LEWISBURG, Pa. – Early goals from Mayowa Alli and Connor Willings helped the Bucknell men’s soccer team stay perfect on the road in 2013 after a 3-0 victory at Lehigh on Saturday night at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Chris Thorsheim added a goal on a penalty kick in the second half as the Bison leveled their Patriot League record at 1-1.
Now 6-3 overall and 4-0 on the road, Bucknell was looking to bounce back from last week’s home loss to Army in the Patriot League opener. The Bison did just that, putting two goals on the board in the first 13:11 of the game. That was more than enough for goalkeeper Mike Lansing (four saves) and the defense, who yielded only eight total shots en route to their fifth shutout in nine games this season.
“This was a good response from our guys, going on the road and getting a league victory,” said head coach Brendan Nash. “It was great to get two quick goals after the disappointing performance in our Patriot League opener. We challenged them to come out with emotion and intensity, and they accomplished that goal.”
Bucknell earned an early corner kick, and at the 8:37 mark Alli came soaring toward the back post for one of his patented headers. It was his 13th career goal and first this season. Josh Butzke took the corner and collected his second assist of the year.
Another re-start led to Bucknell’s second goal less than five minutes later. After a foul near midfield, Thorsheim sent a ball into the box. It was cleared out by the Lehigh defense, but only as far as Willings about 30 yards from goal. Willings’ low shot took a deflection and got past goalkeeper Jacob Gottwald, giving the sophomore his first career goal.
In the 78th minute, Thorsheim sliced through two defenders and was taken down in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Thorsheim scored on the PK, tying him with Jesse Klug for the team goal-scoring lead with five.
Bucknell used 18 players in the game and finished with a 16-8 shot advantage and a 6-2 edge in corner kicks. Gottwald finished with two saves for Lehigh.
The Bison took a 25-24-8 lead in a tightly contested series with Lehigh that dates all the way back to 1960.
Bucknell is back in action again on Wednesday night at home against Loyola. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Emmitt Field.