ONEONTA, N.Y. – Clarke Fox saved a penalty kick in the first half and made another highlight-reel stop in the second to help the Bucknell men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Hartwick in the final non-conference game of the regular season Tuesday night at Elmore Field. Chris Thorsheim converted a PK of his own in the 32nd minute, and that was the difference as the Bison improved to 11-5-1 overall and 7-0-1 on the road this season.
“We didn’t have our A game tonight, but we still found a way to claw out a victory on the road,” said Brendan Nash after the game. “We are very spoiled with our goalkeeper situation. We have two outstanding keepers in Mike Lansing and Clarke Fox. Clarke has been a good soldier playing the backup role, and it is great to see him make the most of his opportunities.”
Fox made his third start of the season, and he improved to 3-0 with his second shutout, lowering his goals-against average to 0.32 in the process.
Twenty minutes into the game a Hartwick player was taken down in the box and a penalty was awarded. Fox dove to his left to stonewall David Styles, and the Bison were able to clear away the rebound.
Just 11 minutes later there was a mirror image at the other end of the field, as Thorsheim was tripped up in the box after taking a through ball from Jesse Klug. Thorsheim converted the PK, making him 3-for-3 from the spot this season. His six goals are second on the team to Klug, who has nine.
Neither team generated many chances in the second half, but Fox had to come up big with 26 minutes remaining when he made a quick dive to his left to snare a point-blank header from Jamie O’Grady.
Bucknell went 17 players deep and held the Hawks (5-8-4) to just five total shots. The Bison generated nine shots, with Jonathan Grad leading the way with three attempts. Mateo Munarriz made three saves for Hartwick, which had an 8-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Bucknell returns to action on Saturday at Boston University at 2 p.m. The Bison have clinched a Patriot League Tournament berth, but they will be playing to secure a home quarterfinal game.