Bucknell Slips Past Army, 2-1




Box Score

LEWISBURG, Pa. - Tanner Robertson tallied his second goal of the season for Army, but it was Bucknell securing a 2-1 victory over the Black Knights in a Patriot League men's soccer match Friday evening at Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium.

Andrew Powell scored the game-winning goal for the Bison when he blasted a line drive from 48 yards out past Army sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Currens just two minutes into the second half.

Bucknell (5-6-1, 2-1-1 PL) took a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute when Brendan Burgdorf found Josh Plump for his fourth marker of the season. Burgdorf dribbled into the box and then slid a pass to Plump, who buried a shot from 14 yards out.

Army (1-10-0, 0-4-0 PL) tied the score less than seven minutes later when Robertson took a feed from freshman midfielder T.J. Rowe and beat Bucknell goalkeeper Marc Hartmann. Rowe carried the ball down the middle of the field before sending a pass to Robertson on the left side. Robertson collected the ball and ripped a shot just inside the far post at the 25:07 mark.

The Black Knights had an opportunity to take the lead just six minutes later, but freshman midfielder Jakob Szabo's header was saved by the Bucknell defense.

Both teams registered seven shots apiece in the first half, and the Black Knights held a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.

Bucknell outshot Army 10-5 in the second half, but the Black Knights held a 3-1 advantage in shots on goal during the stanza. Both teams recorded four corner kicks in the second half.

Szabo and sophomore midfielder Michael Kim led Army's offensive attack with three shots apiece, while Robertson finished with two shots. CK Kumah was credited with a game-high six shots to pace Bucknell on the offensive end.

The Bison outshot the Black Knights 17-12 in the contest, but Army registered five shots on goal to Bucknell's four. Army also enjoyed a 10-6 advantage in corner kicks.

Currens finished with two saves in the Black Knights' cage, while Hartmann turned aside three shots for the Bison.

Army returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 20, when the Black Knights travel to Hartford, Conn., to battle the University of Hartford in a non-league match. Kickoff for the mid-week skirmish is slated for 7 p.m.

Notes: Army's all-time record versus Bucknell falls to 17-13-0 ... Bucknell has won five straight and 11 of 12 in the series ... the Black Knights have lost 11 straight Patriot League matches, a streak that dates back to a 1-0 victory over Navy in the 2008 season finale ... Robertson's first half goal was Army's first against Bucknell since securing a 1-0 shutout victory over the Bison during the 2005 season ... Robertson's goal ended an Army scoring drought of 241 minutes, 16 seconds, a scoreless streak that dated back to Army's 2-0 victory over Rider on Sept. 29 ... Bucknell's first half goal was the first goal scored by an Army opponent in the first half since Duquesne tallied a pair of first half markers in a 3-1 victory on Sept. 12 ... this evening's match began a four-game road swing for the Black Knights.

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