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Dale McDonald’s 13th-minute goal was all the AU men’s soccer team needed, as the Eagles defeated Bucknell, 1-0, Nov. 9 in the Patriot League Semifinals at Reeves Field.
The top-seeded Eagles will now face second-slotted Lafayette in the championship Nov. 11 at 1 p.m. at Reeves Field. AU and Lafayette played to a 1-1 draw earlier this season in Easton, Pa.
AU will be hoping the fourth time’s the charm, as they have lost in the past three PL finals.
Following McDonald’s early goal, the AU defense was able to hold off the Bucknell attack all afternoon.
The Bison had their best chance at the game-tying goal with 11 seconds remaining in regulation, when they were given a free kick from 18-yards out directly in front of the AU goal. But CK Kumah’s shot sailed high, sending the Eagles to another conference final.
Bucknell and American each tallied 10 shots on goal, with AU holding a 4-2 edge in shots on goal.