Men's Soccer Claims 3-0 Victory over Adelphi

Men's Soccer Claims 3-0 Victory over Adelphi

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Oct. 2, 2012

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Coach Roberts' postgame comments

BOSTON - Three individuals scored in the first half and sophomore Nick Thomson posted four saves to help the Boston University men's soccer team earn a 3-0 victory over Adelphi on Tuesday night at Nickerson Field.

Winning the first-ever meeting between the two programs, the Terriers improve to 3-5-3 with the program's third shutout of the season. All three goals came within a 14-minute stretch with junior Anthony Ciccone leading the way.

On the first score, he curled a corner kick into the front of the goal. Sophomore Dominique Badji slid to the ground to put a foot on the ball for Adelphi's Ahmad Salamah to make the point blank save. Junior Derek McCaffrey quickly finished off the rebound for his second game-winning goal of the season at 24:16.

Coming off Saturday's season-high 35-shot performance against Hartford, the Terriers bombarded the Panthers (1-10-0) throughout the first half and scored two more goals in the 38th and 39th minutes, respectively. Ciccone rifled a cross from the left side near the goal line for redshirt-freshman Mac McGuire to head in past a defenseless Salamah.

Less than one minute later, senior Michael Bustamante made up for an earlier missed penalty kick with his speed and fancy footwork. He dribbled through multiple defenders up toward the box, moved to his left and then sent the ball toward the right post for the 3-0 advantage. 

Owning a 1-0 double overtime win over UMass, Adelphi tried to get on the board in the final three minutes of the half but Thomson and Ciccone both made impressive saves. Thomson dove high into the air to deflect over the crossbar a strong header from Adrian Sundquist. On the ensuing corner kick, Adelphi managed to get a short off toward the right post, but Ciccone was in perfect position to clear the ball.

The Terriers ended the first half with a 15-5 lead in shot attempts and came back with six quality looks in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza. Badji alone had three of them, and Salamah needed to make diving saves on two of them to prevent BU's lead from expanding.

Salamah ended the game with seven saves, as BU finished ahead in both shots (24-9) and corner kicks (7-3). Badji had a game-high seven attempts, while Bustamante (3g, 2a) and Ciccone (1g, 6a) moved into a tie for the team lead in points with eight apiece.

With one non-conference game remaining against Harvard, BU will return to America East action and next visit Stony Brook on Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m.

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