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LGBT college sports roundup: Jesse Klug on a scoring spree, gay coaches winning in the South

Erik Hall will have a regular column rounding up the results of LGBT athletes and coaches in college sports. This week he focuses on Bucknell's scoring machine, Jesse Klug.

Bucknell's Jesse Klug
Bucknell's Jesse Klug
Bucknell athletics

Bucknell University men's soccer player Jesse Klug has scored a goal in each of his team's last four games. The openly gay forward's goal in Sunday's 4-0 win over Seton Hall moved Klug into sole possession of eighth place at the school for career goals.

Klug's goal Sunday came in the 25th minute. He stole the ball from a Seton Hall player near midfield, took it to about 25 yards out and unleashed a shot to the top right corner that struck the underside of the crossbar and went down over the goal line.

Bucknell's press release called it a "goal of the year candidate."

During Klug's four-game scoring streak, Bucknell is 2-1-1 with the sole loss coming against St. Francis. The Bison are 3-2-1 overall this year.

His four goals this season give him 28 career goals. Klug, a senior, needs six more goals this season to reach fourth on the school's scoring list and 10 more to make it to No. 3. If he reaches 34 career goals, Klug would rank fifth in the Patriot League for career goals, because Bucknell did not join the Patriot League until 1990. Klug also currently ranks eighth in Patriot League career goals.

Entering this season, Klug received preseason all-Patriot League for a second consecutive year. He announced publicly he's gay in a 2013 OutSports article.

All the coaches and athletes mentioned below have announced publicly they identify as LGBT.

DIVISION I

Seattle University women's volleyball coach James Finley has his team off to a 5-4 start heading after Monday's 3-1 win against Middle Tennessee. Previously the team scored a 25-19, 25-19, 25-14 win over Virginia Commonwealth, the school that fired Finley in 2012, and he alleges fired him for being gay.

First-year College of Charleston assistant women's volleyball coach Drew Davis has seen his team start the season 6-5 overall. After a slow start, the Cougars have won five of their last six matches. One early loss came against No. 11-ranked Wisconsin.

DIVISION II

ERIE, Pa. — Noah Ratliff (freshman, Mercyhurst College) said he decided to redshirt the 2015 men's water polo season, which started Sept. 12 for his team.

DIVISION III

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Max Korten (senior, Moravian College, in picture to the right) started his cross country season at the Lehigh Invitational on Sept. 4. He finished the 6-kilometer race in 22 minutes, 44.4 seconds.

LANGHORNE, Pa. — Michael Martin (freshman, Wilson College) made his collegiate debut and played all 90 minutes in goal during his team's 5-1 loss to Cairn University on Sept. 9. Martin made five saves and received a yellow card in the game. This is the first season Wilson College has had a men's soccer team.

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Conner Mertens (sophomore, Willamette University) handled placekicker duties in Week 1 for his team. He had kickoffs go 59 yards and 48 yards, and he missed a 36-yard field goal, missed an extra point, and had a 37-yard field goal attempt blocked. Willamette lost 35-6 to Trinity (Texas).

NAIA

COLFAX, Wash. — David Gilbert (junior, Lewis-Clark State College) opened his cross country season Sept. 1 at Washington State's Clash of the Inland Northwest. He finished the 6-kilometer race in 22:51.29. Gilbert said he ran the race despite feeling ill.

Upcoming competitions involving LGBT college athletes and coaches that have announced their sexuality publicly.

Thursday, Sept. 17

James Finley (coach) Seattle University women's volleyball vs. Central Florida, FIU/Miami Challenge, Miami, Fla., 11 a.m.; vs. Miami, 7 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 18

James Finley (coach) Seattle University women's volleyball vs. Bethune Cookman, FIU/Miami Challenge, Miami, Fla., 1 p.m.; vs. Florida International, 7 p.m.

Drew Davis (ast. coach) College of Charleston women's volleyball vs. Sam Houston State; Charleston Classic, Charleston, S.C., 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 19

Jesse Klug, Bucknell men's soccer at Xavier, Cincinnati, Ohio, 7 p.m.

Drew Davis (ast. coach) College of Charleston women's volleyball vs. Bryant; Charleston Classic, Charleston, S.C., 1 p.m.; vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m.

Michael Drougas, Oberlin College men's tennis at Oberlin College Invite, Oberlin, Ohio, All Day

Conner Mertens, Willamette football vs. California Lutheran, Salem, Ore., 3:30 p.m.

David Gilbert, Lewis-Clark State College men's cross country at Erik Anderson Invitational, Spokane, Wash., 10:45 a.m.

Sunday, Sept. 20

Michael Drougas, Oberlin College men's tennis at Oberlin College Invite, Oberlin, Ohio, All Day

Michael Martin, Wilson College boys soccer vs. Penn. College of Tech, Williamsport, Penn., Noon

Wednesday, Sept. 23

Michael Martin, Wilson College boys soccer vs. Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, Penn., 2 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 24

James Finley (coach) Seattle University women's volleyball at UMKC, at Kansas City, Mo., 8 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 25

Nick Jessee, St. Louis men's swimming vs. Washington University; St. Louis, 6:30 p.m.

Gavin Studner, Lafayette men's tennis at Bucknell Fall Quad, Lewisburg, Penn., All Day

Drew Davis (ast. coach) College of Charleston women's volleyball at UNC Wilmington; Wilmington, N.C.,7 p.m.

Michael Drougas, Oberlin College men's tennis at ITA Central Regional, St. Louis, All Day

Mark Kroll, Coe College men's tennis at IIAC Tournament, Waterloo, Iowa, All Day

Saturday, Sept. 26

Nick Jessee, St. Louis men's swimming at Western Illinois; Macomb, Ill., 2 p.m.

Chris Kelley, Ithaca rowing at Challenge on the Canal; Geneva, N.Y., 9 a.m.

Gavin Studner, Lafayette men's tennis at Bucknell Fall Quad, Lewisburg, Penn., All Day

James Finley (coach) Seattle University women's volleyball at Chicago State, Chicago, 1 p.m.

Michael Drougas, Oberlin College men's tennis at ITA Central Regional, St. Louis, All Day

Max Korten, Moravian College men's cross country at Dickinson College Invitational; Newville, Penn.,10:30 a.m.

Mark Kroll, Coe College men's tennis at IIAC Tournament, Waterloo, Iowa, All Day

Michael Martin, Wilson College boys soccer vs. Bryn Athyn, Chambersburg, Penn., 1 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 27

Jesse Klug, Bucknell men's soccer at Boston University, Boston, 2 p.m.

Michael Drougas, Oberlin College men's tennis at ITA Central Regional, St. Louis, All Day

Michael Martin, Wilson College boys soccer vs. Penn State Abington, Chambersburg, Penn., Noon

Max Korton photo via Moravian athletics.

Erik Hall can be reached via email at hallerik7@gmail.com or on Twitter (@HallErik) or on Facebook. If you are an out LGBT athlete and want your accomplishments recognized, email Erik.