LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Bucknell men's soccer team was again bitten in the final minutes, as Lehigh's Mark Forrest scored his second goal of the day with 6:16 remaining in the game to send the Mountain Hawks to a 2-1 win on Saturday at Emmitt Field. The loss dropped the Bison to 6-10-2 overall and 3-4-1 in the Patriot League, while Lehigh improved to 7-9-1, 3-5-0.
It was Senior Day at Emmitt Field, and one of Bucknell's eight seniors hit the back of the net not long after the conclusion of the pregame ceremony. Just 8:32 into the match, Sebastiaan Blickman scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season and also moved into a tie for the league scoring lead. Adam Bradshaw and Dany Teran earned assists. After a nice combo near midfield, Bradshaw sent Blickman into the left side of the box, and he beat keeper Will Smith to the far side netting.
Lehigh equalized on a Forrest penalty kick in the 20th minute. Bison keeper Ryan Ott was a fraction late coming off his line to challenge Doyle Tuvesson and was whistled for the foul.
Ott made two terrific point-blank saves later in the half to keep it 1-1. Jack Zollicoffer had a great look at goal in the closing minutes of the period, but his shot went just over the bar.
Bucknell saw more of the ball for large chunks of the second half but could not muster a goal. With the game seemingly destined for overtime, the Mountain Hawks earned a corner kick when a shot from distance took a slight deflection off a Bucknell player. Lehigh took advantage, as Matt Morana's inswinger was volleyed in by Forrest from inside the six-yard box.
Lehigh finished with an 18-11 shot advantage and led 6-3 in corner kicks. Ott finished with five saves, while Smith had one save.
All four of Bucknell's Patriot League losses have been decided late and by just one goal. In addition to this one, the Bison fell to Lafayette 1-0 on a goal with 3:09 remaining, and the other two (Colgate, American) came in overtime.
Bucknell entered the weekend tied for fifth place with Lafayette on 10 points. Lehigh is now one back with nine points. All other league action will be played later Saturday night or Sunday.
The Bison conclude their regular season next Saturday at Army West Point at 7 p.m.