By: Andrew Utz ~Guest Writer~
The Xavier men’s soccer team added another win after defeating the Bucknell Bison 1-0.
The lone goal came from senior Garrett Halfhill in the 50th minute in the Sept. 20 victory.
Halfhill recovered a rebound in the box and found the back of the net.
The Xavier defense held Bucknell scoreless after its goal. Junior keeper Eric Osswald made five saves throughout the game.
The first half of the game was marked by two chances from sophomore Jalen Brown.
The Bison defense blocked one shot and another hit the post.
There were multiple chances for Bucknell to take the lead, including an opening header that hit the post.
Before the end of the half, the Bison were awarded a free kick outside of the penalty area. The kick was put right into the hands of Osswald, adding to his save count.
Halfhill made his mark at the beginning of the second half. Bucknell’s keeper had punched out a header from junior Kyle Martin.
Halfhill collected the rebound and struck, making Halfhill the team’s leading goal-scorer this season.
Bucknell’s second opportunity came later in the second half from a second free kick.
As a ball was headed toward the goal, Osswald made an acrobatic save, keeping the Muskies lead at 1-0.
The Bison had a final opportunity to equalize in the final minutes of the game in a corner kick situation.
The Xavier defense blocked the attempt and held on for the rest of the game.
Senior Will Walker and junior Kyle Martin lead the team in shots, each with two.
Xavier won again Sept. 23 against Loyola Marymount with a 2-0 score. Xavier plays next on Sept. 27 against St. John’s in the conference opener.
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