JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Junior Tyler Peterson planted his penalty kick into the top right corner to help lift the Bucknell men's soccer team to a 1-1 tie at Saint Peter's on Tuesday at wet and windy Jaroschak Field. It was Bucknell's second straight draw to start a four-game road trip, and now the Bison will take a 2-2-2 record into Patriot League play, which starts Saturday afternoon at Lafayette.
Gabrielle Bendelli put the Peacocks (1-3-2) in front in the 22nd minute, when he headed home a service from Ezequiel Cei. That was the only blemish on the ledger for Bison goalkeeper Ryan Ott, who finished with eight saves, two of them coming in overtime.
Bucknell equalized in the 61st minute, after Matt Thorsheim spun around a Saint Peter's center back trying to get to a loose ball, and he was taken down in the box. Peterson converted the PK for his first career goal.
The Bison nearly won it with a flurry late in regulation. Thorsheim took a quick free kick, and a header from Quinn Bredin was saved at the last second by a scrambling Robbie Anderson. Patrick Mahoney then had a good look at a rebound, but his shot hit the post, and another follow-up was saved by Anderson.
Only a few minutes later, Ott made one of his better saves of the day when he tipped a direct kick from Cei over the bar.
There was plenty of action in the first 10-minute OT period, as Saint Peter's attempted four shots and Bucknell three. Both keepers were called upon to make saves. The Peacocks finished with an 18-12 shot advantage, while Bucknell led 7-3 in corner kicks. Thorsheim paced the Bison with four shot attempts, three on goal.
"We were disappointed in the result, but the good news is we have shown that we have a ton of fight in us," said head coach Brendan Nash. "Unfortunately we gave up a goal to fall behind in each of the last two games, but a good lesson for a young team is to keep fighting, and that's what we have done."
Bucknell opens up Patriot League play on Saturday at Lafayette at 1 p.m.