Men’s soccer loses double OT thriller in PL semis

Scott Goldstein, Staff Writer

The Bison men’s soccer team traveled to Washington on Nov. 11 to play top-seeded American in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal but were defeated in a 2-1 double overtime loss.

Determined to avenge their regular season overtime loss to American, the Orange and Blue got off to a quick start when Seb Blickman ’17 scored the first goal of the game in the ninth minute, giving the Bison a 1-0 lead. The goal came off of an assist from Dany Teran ’19, who played a ball over the defense so Blickman could play it off his chest and knock the ball past the goalkeeper. In just the fifth start of his career, goalkeeper Ryan Ott ’19 was able to carry the Bison into the second half with a 1-0 lead and a 6-4 shot advantage over American.

However, the Orange and Blue failed to get any shots in following halftime. Ott made three point-blank saves in the second half. In the 88th minute, American evened the score when an American player scored a goal off a header. With the score tied, the game headed into overtime.

Neither team was able to score in the first overtime, which forced the game into a second overtime. After a back-to-back battle in the second overtime, American won the game off a corner kick. Despite the loss, the Bison’s season was still a success.

“Everyone left their hearts out on the field, and I think we proved a lot critics wrong about how our season would play out,” Crispin Muessle ’17 said. “My fellow senior classmates and I are one of few classes to see so much success at [the University], and I’m just happy to be a part of that standing history,” he said.

“Being a part of this team has definitely been the highlight of my college career, and I couldn’t have asked to close out my competitive soccer career with a better group of guys,” Muessle said.

The game concluded the Orange and Blue’s post-season run, and the team will return next fall with a new squad to compensate for the loss of the eight current seniors.

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