LEWISBURG, PA -- Thomas Shiiba scored in the 38th minute to tie the contest and both teams had numerous chances in regulation and overtime but came up empty as Navy and Bucknell played to a 1-1 draw in men's soccer action on Saturday afternoon.
The tie moves Navy's record to 5-2-3 overall and 1-0-2 in the Patriot League, good for five points in the league standings. Bucknell is now 5-3-3 overall and 1-1-1 in the league standings.
Navy entered the game ranked eighth in the NSCAA / Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic Regional rankings, while Bucknell entered the game ranked fifth.
"I thought we were outstanding in the first half, but were unlucky to fall behind. We had really good pressure by our second group and scored a nice goal by Thomas and Jamie (Dubyoski)," said Navy head coach Dave Brandt. "I think maybe we felt a little too good about ourselves at half. We came out and had two great chances in the first five minutes of the second half, but either took our foot off the gas or the dynamic changed in the second half."
Shiiba's goal was the last scoring done in a game that featured 43 shots, nine corner kicks and 15 saves. Both teams had excellent chances throughout the contest, but the goalkeepers made spectacular saves to keep the game tied.
After Bucknell took a 1-0 lead in the 18th minute on a goal by Brendan Burgdorf, freshmen hooked up for Navy to tie the game at one before halftime. Jamie Dubyoski (Fr. / Catonsville, Md.) ran down a loose ball along the end line, sent a cross into the center of the box where Shiiba (Fr. / Swarthmore, Pa.) went top shelf from eight yards out to tie the contest at one on his first career goal.
Navy would outshoot the Bison, 7-2, in the first half. However, Bucknell turned the tables in the second half, outshooting the Midshipmen, 16-3. Navy keeper Gavin Snyder (Jr. / Severna Park, Md.) made five of his six saves in the second half to help send the game into overtime.
Navy carried the play in the first overtime session, outshooting the Bison, 6-0, including an effort from Dave Arnold (Jr. / Baltimore, Md.) that went just wide of the goal after Bucknell keeper Mike Lansing was caught out of position trying to corral a loose ball in the right slot.
In the second overtime session, both teams appeared destined for goals late in the frame. Snyder stopped a Burgdorf attempt in the 109th minute, but the ball rebounded to Patrick Figgie, whose rebound shot caromed off the bottom of the crossbar before being cleared away by the Navy defense.
On Navy's next possession, it was the Midshipmen's turn to rattle a shot off the crossbar. Joseph Greenspan (So. / Westfield, N.J.) corralled a pass in the left slot and rocketed a shot off the crossbar which Bucknell was able to clear away in the 110th minute.
"I thought we pulled it together in the overtime periods and played really well in the overtime periods," said Brandt. "We got a bit unlucky, as did they, but I thought we had a lot of good runs and good chances."
Bucknell outshot Navy, 22-21, while Navy put 10 of its shots on goal to Bucknell's seven. Bucknell drew five corner kicks to Navy's four. Navy was whistled for eight fouls to Bucknell's six.
Snyder made a career-high six saves in goal, while David Jackson (Sr. / Forest, Va.) paced the Midshipmen with five shots.
The result is Navy's first point against Bucknell since a tie in the 2005 season. Navy had lost six straight games to Bucknell, dating back to 2006.
In addition, Navy has now scored a goal in seven straight games, its longest stretch since scoring a goal in the first 10 games of the 2000 season.
The Midshipmen return home to face Lehigh next Saturday night at 7:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. The contest will be streamed online on the Navy All-Access platform.