Oct. 18, 2012
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
The Army men's soccer team hits this road on Saturday, Oct. 20, when the Black Knights travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to face Patriot League rival Bucknell. The conference match is scheduled to get under way at 7 p.m.
After dropping heartbreaking overtime decisions to league-leading American and Colgate each of the last two weekends, Army (3-8-1, 0-3-1 PL) is hungry for a victory. The Black Knights, who enter the weekend in eighth place in the conference standings, need a win to bolster their chances of qualifying for the Patriot League tournament.
Bucknell (5-5-4, 1-1-2 PL) enters the weekend locked in a three-way tie with Navy and Holy Cross for fourth place in the conference standings (five points). The Bison, who scored a 1-1 draw versus the Crusaders last Saturday in Worcester, Mass., are coming off a 2-1 setback at Penn State on Wednesday.
Live stats for Saturday's match will be available via GameTracker. The link is accessible by logging onto Army's official athletics website and navigating to the men's soccer page. A live video stream broadcast of Saturday's contest will also be offered by logging onto Bucknell's official athletics website (www.bucknellbison.com).
Army, which has not reached the conference tourney since 1996, split a pair of contests last week. The Black Knights began the week by snapping their seven-game winless streak with a victory at Adelphi on Tuesday. Army then capped the week by suffering a 1-0 overtime setback to Colgate.
Senior midfielder Josh Koeppe, who scored an early goal in the Adelphi match, leads the Black Knights' attack with three goals, two assists and eight points. He also ranks second on the squad with 20 shots. Senior midfielder Michael Kim and freshman midfielder Parker Dixon are tied for second on the squad with two goals and six points apiece. Kim also tops the club with 27 shots.
Sophomore goalkeeper Winston Boldt, who has started each of Army's 12 matches this fall, brings a 1.63 goals-against average and .714 save percentage into Saturday action. The second-year keeper, who has authored a pair of shutouts this season, registered four saves versus Colgate the last time out.
Bucknell, which carries a six-game winless streak into Saturday's match, is led by a stingy defense that has allowed just 10 goals in 14 games this season. Freshman goalkeeper Mike Lansing, who is in the midst of a terrific first year, leads the Patriot League in goals-against average (0.80), save percentage (.863) and shutouts (three).
Senior forward Brendan Burgdorf, who was named to the All-Patriot League second team last season, paces the Bison offense in nearly every statistical category. The fourth-year standout leads Bucknell with three goals, three assists and nine points. Freshman forward Jesse Klug has emerged as a steady offensive contributor as well, listing second on the team with two goals, two assists and six points. Klug also tops the squad with 44 shots and 14 shots on goal.
Army and Bucknell have met 31 times previously in a series that began in 1931. The Black Knights, who hold an 18-13 edge in the all-time series, snapped BU's five-game series win streak last season by posting a 2-1 victory over the Bison at West Point.
Following Saturday's match, Army will continue its three-game road swing with contests at Manhattan (Oct. 23) and Lafayette (Oct. 27). The Black Knights will then wrap up their 2012 slate with home tilts opposite NJIT (Oct. 30) and Lehigh (Nov. 3).