Men’s soccer beats Saint Francis, comeback falls short against Drexel

Stephen Olick-Sutphen, Senior Writer

The Bison improved to 2-3 on the season on Wednesday Sept. 18 as they dismantled Saint Francis University 3-0 at Emmitt Field. The game was the final tuneup for the Orange and Blue as they prepare for Patriot League play. 

Nick King ’20 opened the scoring for the Bison in 64th minute and then assisted on the Bison’s second goal in the 78th minute by Trevor Wiggins ’21. Matt Thorsheim ’21 put the game to bed with a penalty kick goal in the 88th minute. 

During the prior weekend on Saturday, Sept. 14, the Bison took on Drexel in a close contest. In front of a crowd of 200, the game started off slowly before a weather delay postponed play for 30 minutes. Coming out of the weather delay, Kevin Gulizio ’21 was denied an opportunity for the Bison to equalize in the final minutes of the first half, with Drexel securing a goal in the 38th minute to go into halftime with a 1-0 lead.

“In the first half, we lacked the directness we needed,” King said.

The second half proved to be a very different story for the Bison, as the Orange and Blue applied more pressure on Drexel, therefore creating more chances. In the 73rd minute, Drexel doubled their lead, seemingly putting the game out of reach for the Bison.

The Orange and Blue pulled a goal back in the 80th minute when Bernie Wright ’20 assisted King and cut the deficit to 2-1, but they were unable to find a second goal to tie up the game. The loss to Drexel puts the Bison’s record at 1-3 on the season.

“Overall against Drexel, the second half was a great example of what we’re capable of when we put our heads down and work,” King said. “If we can match that effort for a full game, we will have success in conference play.”

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