LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Kurt Wesch capped a wild 15-minute stretch in the second half with a tiebreaking header off a free kick, sending Binghamton to a 2-1 win over Bucknell in non-conference men's soccer action Tuesday night at Emmitt Field. Matt Thorsheim scored for the Bison, who controlled the action for large portions of the game but nonetheless fell to 4-7-3 with nothing but Patriot League competition coming the rest of the way.
Bucknell finished with a 19-8 shot advantage, 13-4 in the second half, and attempted 11 corner kicks to Binghamton's five. The Bison had a number of close calls, none closer than Bernie Wright's shot off the right post with just over eight minutes left in regulation as they pushed for a second equalizer.
Harrison Weilbacher broke a scoreless deadlock in the 63rd minute when he deflected in a shot from Noah Luescher. Bucknell's appeals for a hand ball on the goal were denied, but only 25 seconds later the match would be tied again. Just after the restart a ball sent into the area was headed by a Binghamton (5-6-3) player over the head of keeper Isaiah Pettis, and Thorsheim touched the ball over the line for his third goal of the season.
Bucknell was whistled for only four fouls in the game, but one of them led to the Bearcats' go-ahead goal in the 77th minute. Charlie Novoth's free kick from just inside midfield found Wesch deep inside the box, and the freshman flicked a header inside the left post.
Thorsheim and Daniel Hallowell led all players with four shots apiece. Hallowell just missed the top left corner with a curling shot five minutes into the second half. Thorsheim and Ben Derleth both had quality chances in the scoreless opening period.
Bucknell is currently in seventh place but just one point out of fourth in the Patriot League standings. The Bison will look to get back into playoff position when Army West Point comes to Emmitt Field on Saturday at 5 p.m.