EASTON, Pa. – The Bucknell men's soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to Lafayette in a gritty, physical Patriot League opener for both teams Saturday afternoon at Mike Bourger Field at Oaks Stadium.
In the 42nd minute of the match, Christian Moyse headed an Andrew Venezia corner kick into the upper right corner of the net. That goal, which came on the Leopards' lone shot of the first half, proved to be the difference in the game as neither team would find the back of the net the rest of the way.
Before Moyse's goal, the Bison had two prime opportunities to open the scoring. First, in the 13th minute, Bernie Wright directed a header just wide of the right post. Then, in the 35th minute, Brian Ehrlich dove to deflect a Tyler Peterson header out of danger.
The Bison dictated the pace of play in the second half, but the Leopards held fast defensively to defend their lead. Lafayette limited Bucknell to just three shots, none of which were on target.
The Bison's best opportunity to net the equalizer came in the 88th minute after they drew back-to-back corner kicks. On the second, Daniel Hallowell got a piece of the corner kick and had Erlich beat, but the ball trickled just outside the left post.
Overall, Bucknell held an 8-4 advantage in shots, but Lafayette led in shots on goal at 2-1. The Bison doubled up the Leopards in corner kicks, 10-5.
Wright led all players with two shots. In net, Ryan Ott and Erlich each made one save.
With the result, the Bison fell to 2-3-2 (0-1 Patriot League) while Lafayette won its first contest of the 2017 campaign to improve to 1-7 (1-0 Patriot League).
Bucknell returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 27 by taking on Fairleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, N.J. at 7 p.m.