November 17, 2009


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell men's soccer team will be on the road to start the NCAA Tournament, traveling to Princeton for an opening-round matchup on Thursday at 7 p.m. at Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium.

Now 16-5 on the season, the Bison punched their ticket to the national tournament for the second time in the last four years by defeating American 1-0 in the Patriot League championship match Sunday. Princeton is 9-5-3 overall and finished third in the Ivy League behind Harvard and Brown.

The Bucknell-Princeton winner will meet national No. 2 seed Virginia in the second round this coming Sunday. The last time Bucknell played in the NCAA Tournament in 2006, it defeated George Mason 1-0 in overtime in the first round, then lost to Virginia 4-0 in round two.

Fifth trip to NCAA
Bucknell is making its fifth trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Bison are 2-4 all-time in NCAA play, having defeated Penn State 1-0 in 1974 and George Mason in 2006.

Bucknell and Princeton have met only twice previously on the soccer pitch, that coming in a home-and-home series in 2005 and 2006. The Bison won the first meeting on Princeton's home field, 1-0, but the Tigers returned the favor the following season, winning 1-0 in Lewisburg.

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