Setting the Scene
About the Bison
• Bucknell hits the road for the first time in 2017 when it travels to DeLand, Fla., to face Stetson. This will be Bucknell's first visit to the Sunshine State since 2012, when the Bison fell 2-1 in double-overtime at Florida Gulf Coast.
• The Bison split two contests last weekend at Emmitt Field, falling 1-0 in overtime to St. Bonaventure before bouncing back with a 1-0 win over Saint Francis (Pa.). Bucknell was terrific defensively in those two matches. The team did not allow a regulation-time goal, conceding only on a diving header from a free kick in OT against the Bonnies.
• Two Bison were honored after that stellar defensive effort last week. Junior Ryan Ott was named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week after making 14 saves in the two games, including a career-high nine in the Saint Francis win. Junior center back Tyler Peterson earned Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday. Peterson, a team co-captain alongside senior midfielder Jack Zollicoffer, quarterbacked a very young back four. Peterson played alongside sophomore center back Quinn Bredin, with a pair of freshman on the outside in Eamon O'Connor and Stefan Gollisz.
• Sophomore Nick King was on the finishing end of Bucknell's goal in the Saint Francis win. King slotted home the goal in the 64th minute after a terrific build-up down the right flank. Freshman Matt Thorsheim earned his first career point with the assist, and he was sent on by a nifty pass from Ben Derleth through the legs of a Red Flash defender.
• Bucknell started three freshmen -- Gollisz, O'Connor and Thorsheim -- in both games last week. Four sophomores, two juniors and two seniors rounded out the starting XI.
• 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 .535 winning percentage is No. 1 in program history. He has guided the Bison to four Patriot League titles in the last 11 years.
• The Hatters are playing at home for the first time in 2017 after opening the year with a pair of losses in the state of Michigan. They fell 2-1 in overtime at Detroit Mercy and 5-0 at Western Michigan last weekend.
• Finn Busmann has the team's lone goal thus far, a 38th-minute equalizer against Detroit. Joseph Alamo had the assist.
• Braeden Luna has played every minute in goal so far and has seven saves with the seven goals against.
• Stetson finished 4-10-2 overall and 1-5-0 in the Atlantic Sun last season.
• The Hatters have a first-year head coach in Kyle Gookins, who was previously an assistant for nine years at national power Charlotte, which made it the College Cup final in 2011.
Series History with Stetson
• This will be the very first meeting between the Bison and Hatters.
• Bucknell hosts Duquesne next Saturday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m. at Emmitt Field.