Men’s Soccer Falls to Bucknell in Season Finale
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men’s soccer team (2-13-2, 0-7-2 PL) fell to visiting Bucknell (7-7-4, 5-3-1 PL), 1-0, on Saturday afternoon in its 2017 season finale at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Bucknell sophomore Patrick Mahoney scored the game’s lone goal in the 30th minute.
Navy recognized its eight-member senior class prior to the game in a Senior Day ceremony. Saturday’s match was the final collegiate game for goalkeeper Mac Burke, midfielder Josh Calderon, defender Matthew Crider, midfielder and team captain Brock Dudley, midfielder Aubrey Jones, defender Thomas Moore, defender Dylan Struthers and forward Daniel Zaremba.
At 29:33 in the first half, Bucknell’s Bernie Wright fed a pass to Jack Zollicoffer, who crossed a ball into the box from the left side. Mahoney flicked the incoming pass from six yards out to the left side of the goal. It was Mahoney’s second goal of the season.
Navy’s Jones put a long arcing ball on target in the 22nd minute for one of Navy’s best first-half chances to score, but Bucknell goalkeeper Emmett Witmer punched the ball over the cross bar.
The Mids also had a strong scoring push in the 68th minute of the second half. Jones ripped a shot that was blocked and then sophomore Piroz Bahar put a good shot on target, but Witmer made the save. Navy then earned a corner kick, but could not convert to a goal.
Navy outpossessed Bucknell by a wide margin in the second half and had a 10-7 shot advantage for the game. Bucknell had a 6-2 edge in shots on goal and a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks.
“I thought the guys played hard, we just didn’t create enough opportunities to score,” said Navy head coach Tim O’Donohue. “We didn’t possess well in the first half and we challenged the group at halftime to finish up strong. We played a lot better in the second half. The guys were passionate and they competed today. They fought until the end.”
Burke made five saves on Saturday while making his 37th consecutive start as Navy’s goalkeeper. Burke’s 92 saves this season rank as the fifth most in a single-season at Navy and his 3,643 career minutes played in goal rank as the fourth most.
Dudley played in his 72nd career game on Saturday and will graduate tied for fifth in program history in career games played.
Bucknell will next host a Patriot League Tournament Quarterfinal match on Tuesday, while Navy’s season comes to a close.