Setting the Scene
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, 4 p.m.
What: Duquesne (1-2-0, 0-0-0 A-10) at Bucknell (1-2-0, 0-0-0 PL)
Where: Emmitt Field, Lewisburg, Pa.
Live Stats: BucknellBison.com
About the Bison
• Bucknell will be in action for the first time since last Sunday, when it fell 3-0 at Stetson. The previous weekend, the Bison began the season with a 1-0 overtime loss to St. Bonaventure, followed by a 1-0 victory over Saint Francis (Pa.).
• Bucknell was terrific defensively on the opening weekend of the season. The team did not allow a regulation-time goal, conceding only on a diving header from a free kick in OT against the Bonnies. Stetson solved the Bison defense three times, however, once on a penalty kick in the first half and then twice from the run of play early in the second stanza.
• Bucknell has started three freshmen -- Thorsheim and outside backs Stefan Gollisz and Eamon O'Connor -- in all three games thus far. Four sophomores, two juniors and two seniors rounded out the starting XI.
• Junior goalkeeper Ryan Ott has an .800 save percentage with 16 saves and four goals against thus far. Ott saved a penalty kick early in the second half at Stetson.
• 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 168 wins are second all-time to Reynolds' 238, but Nash's .533 winning percentage is No. 1 in program history. He has guided the Bison to four Patriot League titles in the last 11 years.
Scouting Duquesne/Series History
• Like Bucknell, the Dukes are off to a 1-2 start in 2017. They opened the season with a 4-2 loss to Saint Francis (Pa.). Duquesne bounced back with a 5-0 win over Division II Bloomsburg, then fell 3-1 to Marshall in its most recent outing on Aug. 31. The Dukes have yet to concede a first-half goal, but have allowed seven in the second half.
• Zach Hall, Jallah Acqui and Tyrese Edwards have two goals apiece to lead the Dukes.
• Robbie McKelvey and Scott Rissler have shared time in goal thus far. McKelvey has started two of the three games and has five saves with three goals against. Rissler has conceded four goals and has been credited with two saves.
• Duquesne returned seven starters -- including its top five point-scorers -- from last year’s squad that finished 8-5-5 and qualified for the Atlantic 10 Tournament. The Dukes were picked to finish seventh in this year's A-10 Preseason Poll.
• Bucknell is 0-2-1 in three previous meetings with Duquesne. The Dukes won 3-2 in double-overtime in Lewisburg in 1998. Duquesne prevailed 2-0 in Pittsburgh in 2003, and in the most recent meeting in 2007, the teams played to a scoreless draw on Duquesne's home field.
• Following the Duquesne game, Bucknell will play its next four on the road, starting with a trip to Robert Morris next Saturday at 4 p.m.