Hartwick College gave up a goal off a penalty kick in the first half and failed to recover in a 1-0 non-conference men’s soccer loss to visiting Bucknell on Tuesday night at Elmore Field.
Chris Thorsheim gave the Bison (11-5-1) a 1-0 lead 31 minutes, 5 seconds into the Hawks’ regular-season finale, when he beat Hartwick goalie Mateo Munarriz with a penalty kick. A Hartwick foul inside the 18-yard box resulted in the pk. Munarriz guessed wrong as Thorsheim beat him with a shot to the keeper’s right.
The goal came less than four minutes after Munarriz earned the first of his three saves on a shot by Thorsheim.
About 11 minutes earlier, Bucknell goalie Clarke Fox made a diving save on a penalty kick by Hartwick’s David Styles. Marc Russell set up the pk when he was taken down inside the box by a Bucknell defender.
Fox finished with two saves as he also dived to stop a header by Jamie O’Grady in the 65th minute.
Munarriz’s second save for the Hawks (5-8-4) came on a header by Mayowa Alli in the 42nd minute. He also stopped a shot by Jesse Klug 69 minutes into play.
Hartwick was outshot, 9-5, but held a decisive 8-2 advantage in corner kicks on its Senior Night. The Hawks honored outgoing seniors Tim Crawford, Will Broomfield and Matthew Robertson before the match.
Hartwick’s season will continue with a Mid-American Conference Tournament semifinal Nov. 15. The time, site and opponent for the Hawks’ semifinal will be determined this weekend.
On Nov. 15, Hartwick will make its first appearance in the playoffs since 2009.
Oneonta State’s men and women will host SUNY Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals today at Red Dragon Field.
O-State’s top-seeded men will open their quest for a third straight conference tournament title and NCAA Division III Tournament berth today, when the Red Dragons (11-3-4) host Plattsburgh in a semifinal. Plattsburgh (13-5-1) secured the No. 4 seed for the SUNYACs with a 2-1 win over Buffalo State this past Saturday.