LEWISBURG, Pa. – Tanner Schilling’s goal in the 71st minute lifted Colgate to a 2-1 victory over Bucknell in a Patriot League men’s soccer match Saturday afternoon at chilly Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium. Jesse Klug scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, but the Bison fell to 8-5-1 overall and 2-3-1 in the Patriot League.
It took both teams awhile to get settled in, as offense was almost non-existent in either direction in the first half. The first shot of the game for either side was a Schilling attempt that went wide with 5:38 left in the half, and Colgate led 4-0 on the shot board in the second half.
Things opened up a bit in the second half, and three goals were scored in a span of 11:20. Colgate struck first in the 59th minute when Nick Arpey played a ball into the Bucknell box, and Ethan Kutler was able to take the ball behind the defense. Kutler’s shot deflected off Bison keeper Mike Lansing and spun across the goal line.
But just 70 seconds later the Bison had the equalizer. Austin Lenart lobbed a high ball into the box, and Ricky Brown leapt off his line to try to corral it. The Raiders keeper spilled the ball, however, and Klug was there to knock it into an empty net.
Just inside 20 minutes to play, Schilling took the ball from a defender near the left sideline and cut in alone before sliding a shot past Lansing to make it 2-1.
Bucknell put a few dangerous balls into the box in the closing minutes, and Brown made two sliding saves on Chris Thorsheim and Jonathan Grad on one of those flurries. Colgate had to defend a corner kick with 1:35 remaining, and then on a long throw into the penalty area with 40 seconds to play, Klug had a shot teed up to the left of the goal but it sailed high.
Bucknell posted nine shots in the second half and finished with a 9-8 advantage. Brown finished with three saves, while Lansing had one.
Colgate improved to 3-11-2 overall and tied Bucknell in the Patriot League standings at 2-3-1. Lafayette is also 2-3-1, and the Bison, Raiders and Leopards are all tied for fifth place with three rounds of conference play remaining.
“Our young team is still learning what it takes to win Patriot League games,” said head coach Brendan Nash afterward. “This is the third time we have allowed two goals in a Patriot League match at home, and that is unacceptable defense. When Colgate had the lead they battled to win the game. We need to battle better. Overall it was a disappointing effort. We can play better, and now we are in a position where we have to play better.”
Bucknell will be back in action on Wednesday at Lafayette at 7 p.m.