Tough Draw for Men’s Soccer Patriot League Opener

Lea Tarzy, Contributing Writer

This past Saturday, the Bison mens’ soccer team went up against Lafayette in their first Patriot League game of the year. In the past 90 years, the two teams have faced off seventy-two times and were tied going into this game, with each team claiming 32 wins and drawing eight times. This past weekend followed that trend.

After 110 minutes of play, the Bison and Lafayette added another tie to the list as the game remained scoreless after double overtime. “Overall, the game went well, there were moments when we had to dig deep, but with a few guys missing we came out with a result. We got a point and if we can’t go for three, we go for one,” captain Alex Clarke ’22 said.

Goalkeeper Bennett Schwartz ’23, made five saves to keep the Bison in the game. One play, in particular, stood out: an impressive diving save in the 55th minute to shut down a header shot from Lafayette’s Marcos Kitromilides. Kitromilides also had an opportunity earlier in the game, nearly scoring but hitting the crossbar instead.

This scoreless game signaled the end of forward Jordan Miller’s ’24 scoring streak. Miller found the back of the net five times in the past four games but could not manage to continue this pattern against Lafayette. In fact, in the past seven contests between these two teams, the Bison men have only scored once. “It was a hard fought game. They had their chances, and we had ours. Especially in the second part of overtime, there was a lot of back and forth. We defended well, kept a clean sheet, and got away with a point. Now we look to get that W against Army on Saturday,” midfielder Brennan Gac ’24 said.

The Bison will look to return to their winning ways and earn their first Patriot League victory of the season this Saturday, Sept. 25, as they take on Army at home at 6 p.m.

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