The men’s soccer team finished this weekend on the road with two shutout wins, defeating Albany 1-0 on Sept. 13, followed by a 2-0 victory against Siena on Sept. 15. The Orange and Blue are now 4-2 this season. Mayowa Alli ’14 earned Brine Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second week in a row, while Jesse Klug ’16 earned his first career Offensive Player of the Week award.
The Bison entered their first road match looking to go over .500 for the first time this year. Shot attempts once again told the story for the Orange and Blue, who held a 9-3 shot advantage in the first half. Neither team found the net in the first half, but Klug lifted the Bison to a 1-0 lead just 2:05 into the second half. Justin Galiani ’17 delivered an assist to Klug, who was able to dribble across the box and launch the ball in the top right corner of the net. Albany had opportunities to bring the game into overtime, including a corner kick header in the 87th minute that sailed over the bar and a follow-up attempt in the 89th minute that was stopped by goalie Mike Lansing ’16, which sealed the win for the Orange and Blue.
“The key aspects to this weekend was everyone just doing their part and working as hard as they needed to to get a collective team win. In the Albany game it was just a grind-it-out match, and we prevailed from desire,” Josh Butzke ’14 said.
Against Siena, Butzke and Klug led the Bison to their fourth straight victory. The first goal came in the 21st minute when Sebastiaan Blickman ’17 dished the ball to Chris Thorsheim ’16, who found Klug on the breakaway. In just the beginning of the season, Klug scored his third goal of the year, tying his last season’s total. Butzke registered his second career goal in the 52nd minute after a defensive header ricocheted back, allowing him to score from 22 yards out. The Bison defense was stellar once again, holding its opponent to under 10 shots for the fourth time this season.
“With Siena, we played a great all-around game and really moved the ball well. As for my game, I was just ready for it and felt like I was going to really connect,” Butzke said.
Lansing, who had five saves against Siena, claimed his third shutout of the season.
“Personally, since the first two losses, I have made it my focus to work on the mental aspect of the game and to make sure that all of my orders to the back line are clear and precise. I’ve also pushed myself to be more aggressive on crosses and long balls into my 18. My defensive unit has been outstanding in the last four games,” Lansing said.
The Bison travel to New Jersey tomorrow to take on Seton Hall at 1 p.m.