LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell men's soccer team found some goal-scoring last week, scoring twice each in a one-goal loss to Fairleigh Dickinson and a one-goal win over American. Sophomore Bernie Wright found the net in both contests -- the first two goals of his career -- and on Monday he was rewarded with Patriot League Midfielder of the Week honors.
Wright scored the opening tally just over 14 minutes into last Wednesday's game at FDU, a team that was ranked as high as No. 21 nationally earlier in the season. The Bison would go up 2-0 before the Knights rallied to win it in overtime.
On Saturday at Emmitt Field, Wright's laser from outside the box gave Bucknell a 2-0 lead in the 27th minute. That would prove to be the game-winning goal, as American pulled one back on a penalty kick late in the second half.
This is Wright's first career citation from the Patriot League. The New York City native now has two goals on the season, one shy of Nick King's team-leading total. The 3-4-2 Bison are back in action with a pair of Patriot League contests this week, home against Loyola on Wednesday and at Holy Cross on Saturday.
Here is additional information on those matches:
Setting the Scene, Part 1
When: Wednesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m.
What: Loyola (5-3-1, 2-0-0 PL) at Bucknell (3-4-2, 1-1-0 PL)
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Watch Live: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
Setting the Scene, Part 2
When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2 p.m.
What: Bucknell (3-4-2, 1-1-0 PL) at Holy Cross (3-4-2, 1-0-1 PL)
Where: Linda Johnson Smith Stadium, Worcester, Mass.
Live Stats: GoHolyCross.com
About the Bison
• After two rounds of Patriot League play, there are only three teams remaining without a loss, and Bucknell takes on two of them this week. The Bison host 2-0 Loyola on Wednesday, then travel to Worcester to take on 1-0-1 Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon.
• The Bison discovered some finishing touches in the offensive end of the field last week. After recording five goals in their first seven games of the season, they notched four in the two contests last week. Bernie Wright and Nick King scored on the road in a 3-2 overtime loss to Fairleigh Dickinson, and then Wright and Matt Thorsheim hit the back of the net with pretty goals in Saturday's 2-1 home win over American.
• Bucknell turned in a dominant first half on Saturday against American. The Bison wandered all through and around the Eagles back line, outshooting AU 9-2 over the first 45 minutes. The defense came within one minute of a clean sheet, but American scored on a penalty kick to make it a 2-1 final. That was American's only shot on frame all day.
• Nick King leads the team with three goals. Wright and Thorsheim have two each, and Ben Derleth and Tyler Peterson have one apiece. Thorsheim has a team-high three assists, and he and King lead the squad with seven points. Derleth and Dan Bank have two assists apiece.
• Goalkeeper Ryan Ott has an .810 save percentage and 0.97 goals-against average. He leads the Patriot League in save percentage and saves per game (4.25) while ranking No. 2 in goals-against average.
• Brendan Nash is in his 19th season as Bucknell's head coach and his 22nd as a member of the Bison coaching staff. His predecessor, Craig Reynolds, patrolled the sideline for 32 years, meaning Bucknell has had only two men's soccer head coaches over the last 50 years. Nash's 170 wins are second all-time to Reynolds' 238, but Nash's .529 winning percentage is No. 1 in program history. He has guided the Bison to four Patriot League titles in the last 11 years.
Scouting Loyola/Series History
• Loyola has been a team on the rise in the Patriot League over the last two seasons, and the Greyhounds are currently tied with Boston University atop the PL table with six points. In PL play, Loyola has beaten Colgate (2-1) and Navy (2-0), and it also has non-conference wins over Canisius (5-4 OT), St. John's (1-0) and Villanova (1-0).
• Loyola has a number of dangerous threats, most notably reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Year Brian Saramago (2G) and 2016 Second Team All-PL midfielders Barry Sharifi (3G, 1A) and Gabriel Carlsson (6A). Saramago, back in the starting lineup after an injury absence, scored both goals in Saturday's 2-0 win over Navy.
• The Greyhounds have conceded 12 goals in nine games this season. Freshman goalkeeper Chase Vosvick sports a 1.22 goals-against average.
• Bucknell is 5-0 all-time against Loyola, including four wins in as many meetins since the Greyhounds joined the Patriot League in 2013. The Bison have a 13-1 scoring margin in those five meetings, including a 1-0 win last season in Baltimore and a 5-0 rout the last time the two teams met in Lewisburg in 2015.
• Sebastiaan Blickman scored the goal in last year's clash in the 74th minute, off an assist from Bernie Wright. No current Bison has scored a goal against Loyola, although Matt Thorsheim's older brother, Chris, netted two.
Scouting Holy Cross/Series History
• Since falling 5-0 at home to Dartmouth on Sept. 16 -- a loss that stretched its winless streak to five (0-4-1) -- Holy Cross has gone 2-0-1 over the last two weeks. The Crusaders bounced back with a 3-0 win over Northeastern, a 1-1 draw at Navy, and most recently a 2-0 home win over Lafayette. Holy Cross will head east on the Mass Pike to face Boston University on Wednesday before the Bison come to town on Saturday afternoon.
• Holy Cross has been outscored 13-9 through its first nine games. Arno Rupp and Owen Azrak lead the squad with two goals each. Henry Stutz has seen all of the goalkeeping duties and has 32 saves for a .711 save percentage.
• Bucknell is 12-9-6 against Holy Cross in a series that dates back to 1990. The Bison bring an eight-game series unbeaten streak (5-0-3) into Saturday's game, with two of the three draws coming in Worcester. Last season at Linda Johnson Smith Stadium, Bucknell pulled out a 2-1 win on Crispin Muessle's go-ahead goal in the 76th minute. No active Bison has scored against Holy Cross, but Nick King and Patrick Mahoney picked up assists in last season's win.
• Next week Bucknell plays twice more on the road: a non-league game at Howard on Tuesday followed by a trip to Colgate the following Saturday.