Navy defeats Bison in heartbreaking fashion

Emily Doyle, Contributing Writer

The Bison men’s soccer team played against the United States Naval Academy this past Saturday, March 27. Navy hosted the soccer game in Annapolis, MD. The Bison played with their hearts but sadly lost to the Naval Academy by a score of 1-0.

The Naval Academy scored the only goal of the game at the 32nd minute mark; Navy was able to convert on a penalty kick. Despite this setback, the Bison did not give up after Navy scored the goal. The Orange and Blue managed three shots on cage and eight corner kicks.

Some key players this game were Sebastian Paz ’24, Colin Eifert ’22 and Bennett Schwartz ’23.

“I thought we were the better team overall and we just made a mistake that caused that goal but I feel like we moved the ball well and put ourselves in good positions to score. I believe we’re excited to play this weekend we have a tough week of preparation but I think we’re gonna be able to get the win,” Paz said.

Paz and Eifert both took advantage of shooting on net whenever they could; however, Navy’s goalkeeper was able to deflect the shots. Paz was able to gain a touch on the ball off a corner kick from Jameson Railey ’23. Eifert took a shot on target about 30 yards out from the goal, but was deflected by Navy’s goalkeeper. Schwartz, the Bison’s goalie, had a few amazing saves to keep the Bison in the match. Schwartz finished the game with three saves.

“We knew Navy was a tough opponent and we battled hard the whole game. Both teams had great chances and it was harsh to fall to a penalty kick. Going forward we’ll be working even harder than before to get a result especially as the season is closing. This weekend and next weekend will determine playoff chances and we’ll be fighting tooth and nail to get results,” Schwartz said.

The Bison will continue Patriot League play this upcoming Saturday, April 3, hosting Colgate University. The Bison will continue to play home in Lewisburg on Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium. Game time is set to start at 4 p.m.

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