Brunswick alum Figgie helps Bucknell soccer beat Hartwick 2-0

A third-minute goal from Brunswick School alum Patrick Figgie and another shutout from goalkeeper Clarke Fox helped the Bucknell men’s soccer team defeat Hartwick 2-0 on Sunday evening at muggy Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium.

Jonathan Grad tacked on a goal with a penalty kick in the second half to help the Bison improve to 1-1 heading into a three-game road stretch.

In the season-opener on Friday the Bison dominated play in the first half against Binghamton, but they could not put a ball in the net and eventually conceded two second-half goals.

On Sunday they converted on their very first chance just 2:49 into the match.

From just beyond midfield, defender Zack Rockmore sent a ball over the top and hit Figgie in stride along the right side of the box.

Figgie’s right-footed shot was saved by Tom Buckner, but Figgie popped in the rebound with his left foot for his first goal of the season and third of his career.

Hartwick (0-1-1) had a couple of good looks late in the first half, but alert plays by Bison fullbacks kept the Hawks off the board.

With about 13 minutes remaining Jack Miller came in alone from the right wing, but Connor Willings was there for the tackle just before Miller could take the shot. In the final two minutes of the half Chris Walter found the ball on his foot just outside the six-yard box, but Mark Leibensperger reached out a leg to deflect the shot.

Bucknell got the all-important second goal in the 60th minute. Figgie lobbed a ball forward to Jesse Klug, who sped past a defender and then was taken down in the box. Grad converted the penalty for his sixth career goal.

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