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FAIRFAX, Va. - Mark Schmiegel's shot just over five minutes into overtime gave the Bucknell men's soccer team a 1-0 win over George Mason Saturday, their first NCAA Tournament victory since 1974.

The Bison, making their first NCAA appearance since 1976, will move on to the second round and face No. 4 Virginia Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville, Va.
Schmiegel took a pass from Justin Wolf deep in the left corner, causing George Mason goalie Sean Kelley to shift. Schmiegel dribbled out of the corner slightly and lofted a shot from 12 yards out over Kelley's head. Vallie tried to head the ball away, but it instead deflected off him and into the empty net just five minutes, 16 seconds into the first overtime period.

"I am so proud of our effort," said eighth-year Bucknell head coach Brendan Nash. "We played a good team on a warm day and kept pushing until we were exhausted.  I can't say I was surprised we won the game. Before overtime I told the team to leave it all on the field and work as hard as possible and that is what they did."

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Posted Nov. 13, 2006


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