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LEWISBURG, Pa. — A diving save by Patriot League Tournament MVP Joey Kuterbach on the final penalty kick clinched the first Patriot League title for the Bucknell men's soccer team as it defeated Lafayette in the title game Sunday afternoon at a chilly and sunny Ulrich Sports Complex.

The victory gave the Bison their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1976.

Bucknell will find out its NCAA Tournament opponent and location on Monday, Nov. 5, between 4 and 5 p.m. The selection show will be broadcast on ESPNews. The first round of the NCAA Tournament will be held Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11

Neither team was able to score during regulation or overtime, forcing deciding penalty kicks for the second consecutive contest for Bucknell. Thomas Harju and Scott Hawkins netted goals past the flailing Kuterbach as the Leopards took a 2-1 lead.

However, Kuterbach, who recorded his seventh shutout of the season, stopped Justin Esposito's shot to even the score at 3-3. Chris Hennings and Justin Wolf scored on their final two to put Bucknell up 4-3, meaning Lafayette had to convert its final one. Anthony Sepe stepped up and Kuterbach, who had been distracting shooters with his arm movement, stood like a statue. Kuterbach then made a diving save to his left to clinch the NCAA Tournament berth.

The fourth-seeded Bison completed their Cinderella run that began Friday night with a 4-1 victory over top-seeded Lehigh on penalty kicks.

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Posted Nov. 6, 2006


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