BOSTON, Mass. -- Playing with 10 men after a 67th-minute red card, the Buckell men's soccer team still found a way to stay perfect on the road in 2013. Chris Thorsheim danced along the end line and slotted home a shot from a sharp angle 5:41 into overtime to lift the Bison to a 1-0 victory over Boston University in the regular-season finale at Nickerson Field on Saturday afternoon. With the victory, Bucknell is assured of hosting a Patriot League Tournament quarterfinal game at Emmitt Field on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.
Depending on the results of matches played later in the day, the Bison will be seeded either third or fourth, and they will play either the fifth or sixth seed at home on Tuesday. Bucknell is now 12-5-1, overall, 5-3-1 in the Patriot League and 8-0-1 on the road. The Bison outscored opponents 15-1 away from home this year, and the 12 wins are tied for third-most in program history.
Bucknell won its fourth straight game to close out the regular season, allowing only one goal in that span. The defense was tested in this one, as center back Connor Willings was sent off with 23 minutes left in regulation after committing a foul that was judged to have prevented a clear scoring opportunity. But the Bison were well-organized after the sending off, and Mike Lansing made four of his eight saves once the Bison went down to 10 men.
The Bison had a dangerous free kick in overtime, but Thorsheim's bending delivery from the left side of the box was headed away. A few minutes later pressure from Jesse Klug forced a Terriers defender to put the ball out of play on the right sideline. The throw from Patrick Figgie came into Thorsheim, who tightroped the endline, then veered around a defender before burying a close-range shot.
The goal was Thorsheim's seventh of the season, second-most on the team behind Klug's nine. It was Bucknell's second overtime win of the season. Mayowa Alli beat Rutgers with an OT header on Oct. 15.
Boston University (6-10-1, 3-6-0 PL) outshot the Bison 23-14, but Bucknell took both shots in extra time. Lansing recorded his eighth shutout of the year, two shy of the program record. The Bison defended 10 corner kicks while taking seven of their own.
Bucknell will be seeded either third or fourth in the Patriot League Tournament, depending on the result of the Holy Cross-Lehigh game on Saturday night. The Crusaders will finish third with a win, while a Holy Cross loss or tie would make Bucknell the No. 3 seed.
Boston University was eliminated from the postseason with the loss.