Oct. 20, 2012
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LEWISBURG, Pa. -
Junior midfielder Jason Lewis scored his first career goal with 13 seconds to play in regulation to lift Army past Bucknell, 2-1, in a Patriot League men's soccer match Saturday evening at Emmitt Field.
The victory keeps Army's Patriot League Tournament hopes alive as the Black Knights (4-8-1, 1-3-1 PL) are now just two points behind fourth-place Lehigh with two conference games to play.
Bucknell (5-6-4, 1-2-2 PL) remains in a fifth-place tie with Holy Cross and Navy, just one point ahead of Army in the jumbled Patriot League standings. The eight teams are separated by a mere seven points with American (11 points), Colgate (nine) and Lafayette (eight) holding down the top three spots.
"I am obviously very proud of the boys tonight," said Army head coach Russell Payne. "We found a way to post a win against a good team on the road. I thought we responded positively to a late let down, and found a way to be successful at the end of the match."
Lewis' goal, which was scored at the 89:47 mark, came just 44 seconds after Bucknell's Collin Costello had leveled the score at 1-1. Army sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt stopped five of the six shots he faced to earn his fourth victory of the season.
Army was able to score twice against Bucknell goalkeeper Mike Lansing, who entered the weekend leading the Patriot League in goals-against average (0.89) and save percentage (.850). He finished with four saves for the Bison.
Army led nearly the entire game after senior forward Trent Brown gave the Black Knights a 1-0 advantage in the seventh minute. The fourth-year striker tallied his second goal of the season at the 6:09 mark off assists from senior midfielder Michael Kim and sophomore midfielder Devin Perlee.
The 1-0 advantage stood up until the 90th minute when Costello scored with just 57 seconds remaining in the second half. The match appeared to be destined for overtime following Costello's marker, but Lewis had other ideas as he scored off assists from freshman midfielder Parker Dixon and senior defender Mitch Johnson just a couple of moments before the final whistle.
Bucknell outshot Army 19-9, and the Bison enjoyed a 9-4 edge in corner kicks. Kim fired a team-high two shots to pace the Black Knights' nine-shot attack. Jesse Klug attempted a game-high six shots for the Bison.
The physical contest featured a combined 21 fouls and six yellow cards.
Army returns to action on Tuesday, Oct. 23, when the Black Knights travel to Riverdale, N.Y., to battle Manhattan. The non-conference match is set to get under way at 3:30 p.m.
Match Notes: Army improves to 19-13-0 all-time versus Bucknell ... the Black Knights defeated the Bison in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1997-98.