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Clarke Fox
Clarke Fox
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Alli's Golden Goal Sends Bison to 1-0 Win at Rutgers
Release:   10/15/2013
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Bucknell’s road magic, particularly in coach Brendan Nash’s home state of New Jersey, continued on Tuesday night as senior Mayowa Alli headed home Connor Willings’ long throw early in the second overtime period to send the Bison to a 1-0 victory over Rutgers at Yurcak Field. Sophomore goalkeeper Clarke Fox earned his second start of the season and made two key plays in the first overtime to keep the game scoreless and help Bucknell improve to 8-3-1 on the season.

The Bison are now 5-0-1 on the road this season, and coupled with an earlier 2-0 win at Seton Hall, they have won eight straight games in the state of New Jersey.

Willings had some dangerous throw-ins early in the contest, and he got another one just over a minute into the second overtime period after Chris Thorsheim’s back-heel pass toward Mark Leibensperger had to be put out of play by the Rutgers defense.

Willings sent a high-arcing throw into the middle of the penalty area. Alli had a defender clinging to him and could not get to full elevation, but he still had the strength to shield off his man and head the ball over goalkeeper David Greczek into the left side of the net. The goal was Alli’s second of the season and 14th of his career, and it capped off a terrific night for the Bison captain. Alli centered a back four that was rock solid all night, limiting Rutgers to only 11 total shots, four of which were on target, and very few quality looks inside the box.

When the Scarlet Knights did find space, Fox was always there. He made a brilliant reaction save on American Athletic Conference scoring leader Mael Corboz in the 19th minute, and with 20:10 left in regulation he did well to punch out a hard-bending corner kick.

In the second overtime, Fox dove to his right to corral a low shot from J.P. Correa, and two minutes later he sprinted all the way outside his own penalty area for a sliding break-up of a potential through ball.

“This team has formed its own identity, but it was nice to get one of those old-school Bucknell victories, where we defend hard and grind out a 1-0 win with the goal coming on a re-start,” said Nash, a native of Neptune, N.J., who played his college soccer at The College of New Jersey. “It was a team effort, and everyone really rallied around Clarke tonight. He was very good tonight. We have always known how good he is because we see it every day, and it was great to see him get the shutout.”

Bucknell finished with a 14-11 shot advantage, including a 4-2 margin in extra time. Jesse Klug took seven of those shots for the Bison, the last of which was a curling lefty attempt that just missed the left post in the first overtime period. Alli took four shots, including a first-half strike that required a strong save from Greczek.

Greczek and Fox both finished with four saves, and corner kicks were also even at five apiece.

Bucknell gets back into Patriot League play with a critical home match Saturday night against Navy at Emmitt Field. The Midshipmen are 3-0 in conference heading into Wednesday’s home game against Lafayette, while the Bison are 2-1-1. The contest will air live on Bison Vision on the Patriot League Network beginning at 7 p.m.

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