Sept. 12, 2012
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BOSTON - After facing five top-20 teams during a challenging six-game road trip, the Boston University men's soccer team will host No. 24 Brown at Nickerson Field on Thursday (Sept. 13) with action set to begin at 7 p.m.
BU students are encouraged to arrive early as the first 20 to check-in at the Lazybones table will receive five pounds of free laundry. Plus, all students can sign up at the table for a halftime contest to win 25 pounds of free laundry.
Currently 1-3-2 with a 1-0 win at then-No. 10 Boston College and 1-1 draw at current No. 2/1 Connecticut, the Terriers have 12 games remaining this regular season with eight taking place at Nickerson Field.
Five different individuals have scored a goal this season for the Terriers with junior Derek McCaffrey leading BU in points with four total. He scored the game winner against the Eagles and then followed with an assist at both then-No. 16 Wake Forest and UConn. Sophomore Dominique Badji sits atop the team lead in shots with 19 total, including a header for a goal against current No. 1/2 North Carolina.
Currently ranking t-10th all-time at BU with 24 career assists, senior Michael Bustamante will compete in his first home game since Nov. 10, 2010 after redshirting last season due to a leg injury.
On the defensive end, BU has been led by sophomore Nick Thomson at net. He ranks No. 12 nationally in total saves with 28 and is averaging 4.67 a game. Missing 2011 America East Defender of the Year Kelvin Madzongwe the last two games due to injury, 2011 AE All-Rookie honoree Sanford Spivey has helped anchor a backline that prevented the Huskies from earning their fifth straight victory.
They will face a Bears squad that holds a 3-1-0 mark and owns a 19-14-4 record in a rivalry dating back to 1969. The two teams have met annually since 2003 with Brown posting a 4-3-2 record. The Bears have won the last contests by identical scores of 2-0.
Last year in a steady downpour, Brown scored late in each of the halves before advancing to the third round of the 2011 NCAA tournament. The Bears enter Thursday's contest with three shutout wins over Rhode Island (1-0), Providence (1-0) and Cleveland St. (2-0) and a 1-0 loss to Fordham.
Brown's defense has been stellar with goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss ranking fifth nationally in goals against average at 0.25 and 13th in save percentage at .889. Four individuals have scored a goal and two of them have connected on a pass from Jameson Locchead. Thomas McNamara drives the offense with a team-high 16 shot attempts.
Following the game, BU will remain at home and host Holy Cross on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.