NEWTON, Mass. – Despite scoring the first and final goal of its season opener, the Boston University men's soccer team fell short to crosstown rival No. 8 Boston College, 3-2, on Sunday evening at the Newton Campus Field. 2015 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Magnus Benediktsson led the Terrier offense with two assists, as the Eagles finished with a 17-9 advantage in shot attempts.
Final Score: #8/11 Boston College 3, Boston University 2
Records: Boston College (2-0-0), BU (0-1-0)
Location: Newton Campus Field – Newton, Mass.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Junior Anthony Viteri scored the Terriers' first goal of the season at 18:46 when he rifled a high shot from the top of the box inside the right post. The score was set up when the goalkeeper could not contain sophomore Magnus Benediktsson's initial attempt.
- TURNING POINT - After being held off the scoreboard for 37 minutes despite an 8-3 advantage in shots, the Eagles scored a pair of goals within a three-minute stretch.
- BU committed a foul as Callum Johnson tried to whip a cross into the box from the left side of the box. He followed up with a free kick that went toward the far post for Joshua Forbes to knock in at 37:48.
- The Eagles took the lead for good at 40:48 when the flying Maximillian Schulze-Geisthovel got past the BU defense and scored on a through ball from Isaac Normesinu.
- BC found the back of the net on what proved to be the game winner at 69:43 after Simon Enstrom pounced on a Terrier miscue, ran down the left side and rifled a shot toward the far post.
- Looking to mount a rally, BU was dealt another setback seven minutes later when a Terrier received a red card during a slide tackle attempt.
- Down but not out, Benediktsson forced a BC turnover at the top of the Eagles' box and found senior Felix De Bona for an easy goal at 87:19.
- The Terriers were unable to get a shot off in the final two minutes for the loss.
NEXT UP: MASSACHUSETTS
- The matchup featured two teams coming off 2015 NCAA appearances with the Eagles reaching the Elite Eight.
- Sunday's game marked the first time a team was ranked in the rivalry since BU edged then-No. 13 BC, 1-0, on the road in 2012.
- The loss snapped BU's two-game win streak in season openers. The Eagles handled the Terriers their last defeat in 2013 in overtime (2-1).
- Now 26-18-8 all-time in the series, BC finished with a 17-9 advantage in shot attempts and 7-4 lead in corner kicks. Senior Matt Gilbert had five saves for the Terriers, while Cedric Saladin claimed the win behind two saves.
- Benediktsson earned his first-career multi-point performance after tallying a team-high six assists last season.
- Both BU scorers De Bona and Viteri were named this preseason to the MAC Hermann Award Watch List. BC's lone representative Zeiko Lewis was limited to two shot attempts.
- The Terriers will next host in-state rival UMass on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.
- BU is unbeaten in the last five meetings (3-0-2) with an 8-4 advantage in goals scored.