Sept. 15, 2014
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After posting a 2-0 home win over UMass, the Boston University men's soccer team will face off against another in-state rival when it takes the short drive over to Northeastern Tuesday evening with action slated for 6 p.m.
The Terriers are 3-2-0 and have only played one game away from Nickerson Field so far, a 1-0 loss at Siena. All three wins have come by way of shutout. The NCAA released its first national rankings on Monday, and BU sits at No. 14 with a 0.39 goals against average.
Senior Nick Thomson has guarded the net for all 460 minutes of action and currently owns a 0.857 save percentage, 17th best mark in the country. The backline anchored by senior Kelvin Madzongwe has limited the five opponents to an average of just nine shot attempts per game, while the offense is averaging 16.4.
Though BU has a +7.4 advantage in shots, the Terriers have a lower shots-on-goal percentage at .232 compared to opponents' .333. Senior Dominique Badji leads BU with 28 shots but is still looking for his first goal of the season. Four of his teammates have each scored a goal with senior Jordan Barker, sophomore Felix De Bona and junior Lucas McBride all earning a game winner.
They will meet a 2-3-0 Northeastern squad that rallied from a one-goal deficit with 1:45 remaining in regulation to beat UMass Lowell, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday night. The Huskies opened their season with a 1-0 victory over New Hampshire before dropping three straight to Hartford (1-0), VCU (2-0) and Old Dominion (1-0).
Jonathan Thuresson has made four starts and has a 0.765 save percentage with a 1.00 goals against average. Frantzdy Pierrot leads NU with 14 shot attempts and has recorded a goal alongside Brad Fountain and Ackim Mpofu.
Last season, NU outshot BU, 13-6, and owned an 8-1 advantage in corners, but the Terriers came out ahead with a goal by De Bona in the 34th minute. Coincidentally, both programs were selected to finish sixth in their respective conference.
The Terriers own a 19-7-1 lead in a rivalry that dates back to 1984. Following the match-up, they will return home and host Princeton on Saturday (Sept. 20) at 4 p.m.