Lewisburg, Pa. (September 6, 2019)—Karamo Bah's first collegiate goal lifted the Mount St. Mary's men's soccer team to a 2-1 victory at Bucknell on Friday night. The Mount has opened the season with back-to-back victories.
"That was a great road win tonight against a tough team," said Mount St. Mary's head coach Bryan Cunningham. "The players battled through adversity and were able to secure the win. It was an exciting match from start to finish, and I am proud of the players for grinding out the win."
Leading 1-0 at the half, the Mount saw Bucknell (1-2-0) even the score in the 67th minute on a Matt Thorsheim penalty kick. Thorsheim added another good scoring chance eight minutes later, but saw his shot go high. Mount St. Mary's then took advantage of a free kick opportunity just three minutes later to regain the lead.
Juan Molina sent a long shot on goal that Bucknell goalkeeper Emmett Witmer was unable to control. Bah pounced on the rebound and deposited the ball into the back of the net to give the Mountaineers a 2-1 advantage. From there, the Mount was able to keep Bucknell off the scoreboard to earn the win.
Bucknell held a 14-to-10 shot advantage in the game, but the Mount posted a 7-to-3 margin in shots on goal. Mount keeper Andrew Chwalik made a pair of saves to post the victory while Witmer had five saves for the Bison. The physical game featured 48 fouls and saw Bucknell assessed five yellow cards. The Mount held a 5-to-2 edge in corner kicks. Molina assisted on both Mount goals and now has a goal and two assists this season.
The Mountaineers (2-0-0) beat the halftime buzzer to take a 1-0 lead at the intermission. The offense generated a corner kick in the closing seconds to set up the goal. Molina gathered the corner and sent the ball to the middle where Boris Nana Tonzi was able to drive home the goal just before the halftime buzzer. It is the second consecutive game that Nana Tonzi, a second team All-Northeast Conference selection last year, has scored.
In an entertaining first half, Molina had another good scoring chance in the first half, but saw his shot from just outside the box tipped over the crossbar by Witmer in the 33rd minute. The Mountaineers were outshot, 8-6, in the opening half, but held a 4-2 advantage in shots on goal in the period.
The Mount returns to action on Tuesday, September 10, with a road game at Howard. Kick-off is set for 3:00 p.m.