Oct. 28, 2014
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With three games remaining in the regular season, the No. 25 Boston University men's soccer team will open a critical two-game conference homestand with Colgate on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.Though the Terriers (10-3-2, 5-0-1 PL) remained undefeated in Patriot League action with a 1-1 draw at Loyola Maryland over the weekend, they lost two points due to the Greyhounds' last-minute equalizer.
Trying to capture its first regular season title since 2011, BU currently owns a one-point advantage over defending conference champion Navy (5-1-0 PL) with Saturday's opponent American (3-2-1 PL) trying to catch up in the standings as well. BU's successful season so far has been a result of strong play on both sides of the field with the Terriers ranking in the top 65 in 10 of 11 national statistical categories, excluding saves per game (t-97th).
On the offensive end, senior Dominique Badji
ranks 50th overall in points (17) behind a team-high seven goals and three assists. He has two game winners this season, while freshman David Amirani
and senior Jordan Barker
have three each. Both Barker and freshman Bjarki Benediktsson
lead BU with four assists apiece.
Defensively, senior keeper Nick Thomson
ranks 18th in save percentage (0.824) and 29th in goals against average (0.771). He and the backline have helped shutout six opponents this year. BU has been plagued by injuries recently though and has allowed six goals in the last four games after recording three straight blank sheets against Army, Holy Cross and Lehigh, respectively.
The Terriers will have their hands full trying to protect the net against Colgate's Ethan Kulter, who leads the Patriot League in both points (27) and goals (5). The Raiders (6-7-2, 2-3-1 PL) have earned four multi-goal performances this year, highlighted by a 3-1 victory over a Siena squad that blanked BU, 1-0, back in early in September.
Colgate has had less success defensively, only earning two shutouts this year against Saint Mary's and Hartwick. Ricky Brown has started all 15 games at net this season and owns a 1.26 goals against average with a 0.747 save percentage.
Last season, BU claimed a 3-0 victory in Hamilton, N.Y., to improve to 4-0-2 in the all-time series that dates back to 1979. They teams met three straight years from 1984-86 before playing again in 2008 at Nickerson Field. Coincidentally, 30th-year head coach Neil Roberts'
first-ever victory with the Terriers came at Colgate back in 1985.
Following the contest, the Terriers will remain home and honor their eight seniors Saturday (Nov. 1) before facing American at 1 p.m.