Men’s Soccer falls to Lehigh in Patriot League Tournament

By Lauren Whelan, Sports Editor

The men’s soccer team stunned Army West Point on Nov. 7 with a decisive 4-0 victory, securing it a spot in the Patriot League Tournament. In the game against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Nov. 10, the team was unable to continue its momentum and the Bison ended their post-season run with a 2-0 loss in the quarterfinal.

The match versus Army marked the last home game for the seniors, and the energy surrounding their senior day match certainly reflected in their play. The barrage of scoring began early in the 11th minute, when Jesse Klug ’16 scored his fifth goal of the season. The goal was assisted by Chris Thorsheim ’16 and Connor Willings ’16. The Bison offense did not stop there, and the next goal came a mere two minutes later from Sebastiaan Blickman ’17, who tallied his sixth goal on the season. The scoring for the Bison was rounded out by Andrew Leischner ’17 and Zack Rockmore ’16. The seniors left their home field for the last time to significant applause after finishing the game with a 4-0 victory, which sent them into the Patriot League tournament.

The Bison then turned to face Lehigh in the tournament quarterfinals, which proved to be a difficult match. Lehigh scored a goal in each half of the game, making a comeback hard for the Orange and Blue. Although the Bison had more offensive opportunities, out-shooting Lehigh 25-13, the Mountain Hawks were able to convert their shots effectively to come out on top. Notable performances for the Bison came from Klug and Blickman, who had nine and five shot attempts, respectively. Clarke Fox ’16 had four saves on the day for the Bison. The team finished its season with a record of 7-7-5 and will now head into the off-season.

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