Men’s soccer falls to American, shuts out Loyola

Bethany Blass, Assistant Sports Editor

The Bison suffered a tough 3-0 loss to American on Oct. 24, bringing their short winning streak to an abrupt halt. However, they got back on track with a 5-0 triumph over Loyola on Oct. 28.

The match against American remained scoreless until the 64th minute when American took advantage of a mistake in the Bison backfield. Despite efforts by Sterling Kirk ’18 to keep the ball away from the goal, American scored on an intercepted pass to goalkeeper Clarke Fox ’16. Less than 10 minutes later, an American opponent drove the ball into the penalty area and lost control, allowing his teammate to one-time the free ball and strike it just past Fox to score. Less than two minutes later, an American challenger managed to bring the score to 3-0 with a free kick.  Fox managed seven saves to keep the Bison alive.  Teammate Mike Lansing ’16 tallied four saves for the Orange and Blue in the last 12:39. Despite their efforts, the Bison were unable to defeat American.

American outshot the Orange and Blue 21-4 and shot all six of the corner kicks in the game. The matchup against American marked the return of all-star Jesse Klug ’16 after missing six games due to a foot injury.  Klug started the match and played 44 minutes for the Bison.

The Orange and Blue turned their momentum around with a decisive 5-0 victory versus Loyola on their home turf on Oct 28. The game was dominated by the Bison, with the ball remaining in their offensive possession for most of the time, and the Orange and Blue out-shooting Loyola 26-6.

The end of the regular season is drawing near for the Bison with just two games remaining, both of which are conference matches. They will return on Oct. 31 to face Lehigh.

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