WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Freshman Andrew Leischner scored his first collegiate goal with 6:28 left in regulation to help the Bucknell men's soccer team to a 1-1 tie at American on Saturday afternoon at Reeves Field. The Bison are now 7-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 in the Patriot League, and they are now tied for second place with the Eagles pending the results of three Saturday night games.
"I thought 1-1 was a fair result," said head coach Brendan Nash. "We pressed in the second half and were able to come away with a point. These are two evenly matched teams and either team could have won the game."
The Bison found themselves down a goal early when Joe Iraola scored his fourth goal of the season for American in the 13th minute. Bucknell was outshot 5-3 in the first half but was able to up the pressure in the second as it searched for the tying goal.
It came in the 84th minute when Austin Lenart sent a ball in from the left side toward the back post. Leischer's initial shot beat the keeper but was ruled not to have crossed the goal line. A follow was then played in off a defender and the Bison had the equalizer.
Bucknell had the ball in the Eagles penalty area a couple of times after the goal, but nothing came of it. Mike Lansing made a save late in regulation and another in overtime to keep the game tied.
American keeper Billy Knutsen stopped Lenart on a breakaway earlier in the second half, and Lansing made a similar save in the first half.
Bucknell held a 9-6 shot advantage in the second half and 15-14 for the game. Lansing and Knutsen both finished with six saves.
Bucknell and American are both 2-1-1 in the Patriot League and have seven points in the standings, two behind first-place Army. Holy Cross and Navy have six points, but Army, Navy and Holy Cross had all yet to play on Saturday.
The Bison will step away from Patriot League play and travel to Rutgers Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Then they will host Navy next Saturday at 7 p.m.