Bucknell Men's Soccer Falls 1-0 to Hartwick
Oct. 10, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Marc Russell's goal in the 23rd minute held up as the game-winner, as visiting Hartwick knocked off Bucknell 1-0 Wednesday night in an non-conference game at Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium. The Bison fell to 5-4-3 on the season, while the Hawks, a Division I member of the Mid-American Conference, improved to 4-5-2.
One missed defensive assignment was the difference in the game. Just over 22 minutes in, Hartwick's Chris Walter chased down a ball near the right corner flag, and his centering pass connected with Russell who was standing all alone at the top of the 18. Russell settled the ball and sent a perfectly placed shot along the ground just inside the left post.
Bucknell coach Brendan Nash substituted liberally in this mid-week affair. The Bison used eight reserves, including five who played at least 33 minutes. The subs gave them some good minutes, and Bucknell had the vast majority of possession in the second half.
The Bison earned all six second-half corner kicks and outshot the Hawks 9-3 after intermission. But Hartwick defended well and limited the Bison to just a handful of dangerous attempts.
Just over two minutes into the second period Brendan Burgdorf headed a throw-in over to Jesse Klug, whose leftfooted shot from just outside the area skipped a few inches wide of the right post. About 14 minutes later Bucknell was on a break, and Klug layed the ball off for Burgdorf, but Burgdorf's one-timer grazed the head of a defender and went out for a corner.
Bucknell's final corner kick of the night came with seven minutes to play, and Burgdorf's clean header from eight yards out was knocked away by a defender.
The Bison finished with a 15-9 shot advantage. Tom Buckner made three saves for Hartwick, while Bison freshmen Mike Lansing and Clarke Fox split the game in goal. Lansing made two saves in the first half and Fox made one in the second half in his second career appearance.
Bucknell returns to Patriot League play on Saturday at Holy Cross at 2 p.m.