LEWISBURG, Pa. – Freshman Matt Thorsheim and sophomore Bernie Wright scored first half goals to lead Bucknell to a 2-1 win over visiting American in a Patriot League men’s soccer game Saturday at Graham Field. The Bison picked up three points in the conference standings, improving to 3-4-2 overall and 1-1-0 in the league.
Bucknell has had success at home with a 3-1 record this season and that continued against American. Thorsheim put the Bison up 1-0 just 7:40 into the opening half. He received a nice pass in traffic from sophomore Patrick Mahoney and used a spin move to clear space before finishing to the far post. It was Thorsheim’s second goal of the season.
The Bison continued to control the tempo after the goal – they finished the first half with a 9-2 advantage in shots – and upped their lead to 2-0 with Wright’s score in the 27th minute. His second goal of the season came from a blast outside of the box and was assisted by Nick King.
American was held without a shot on goal until the 90th minute and that came on a penalty kick. Tim Neumann converted the shot to cut the Eagles’ deficit in half, but the Bison were never in danger of giving up the tying goal.
Bucknell’s defense was strong throughout in what turned out to be a physical game. American finished with four yellow cards, including two in each half.
American, the defending regular season champion in the Patriot League, dropped to 1-8-1 overall and 1-1-0 in the conference. The Eagles’ lone win was against Oregon State.
Bucknell’s last five games have been decided by one goal or less. The Bison have allowed more than one goal just twice in nine games this season.
The Bison are back at home for another league match when they host Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Greyhounds were picked first in the Patriot League Preseason Poll.