BOSTON, Mass. –
Loyola Maryland scored two early goals and held off a furious second-half rally to defeat the Boston University men's soccer team, 2-1, on Saturday evening at Nickerson Field.
After seeing their conference shutout streak end at 378:05, the Terriers (5-7-1, 4-1-0 PL) fall into a first-place tie with the preseason favorite Greyhounds (8-4-1, 4-1-0 PL), who extended their win streak to three games.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Greyhounds jumped on board first at 18:05 when Barry Sharifi rifled a low shot past sophomore Michael Bernardi following a BU clear attempt inside the box for his fourth goal of the season.
- Loyola needed little time to extend the lead, as Mickey Watson put away Gabriel Carlsson's free kick attempt from 30 yards out on the right side for the 2-0 advantage.
- The Terriers only managed two shot attempts in the first half against the Greyhounds three but came out attacking in the second looking to mount a rally.
- BU cut the deficit in half in the 51st minute after sophomore Mana Chavali scored off classmate Matt McDonnell's header set up by freshman Toti Knutsson's cross.
- McDonnell nearly tied the game at 79:02 after collecting a long pass while making a run into the box past Loyola's backline, but Chase Vosvick made an impressive leaping save to maintain the one-goal lead.
- Unable to send the game to over time, the Terriers dominated possession for most of the second half and finished with a 9-2 advantage in shots in the final 45 minutes of action while sending numerous dangerous crosses into Loyola's box.
NEXT UP: NORTHEASTERN
- BU fell to 3-2-2 all-time against Loyola, including 2-1-0 at home since both programs joined the PL in the summer of 2013.
- Both McDonnell (3g,1a) and Knutsson (2g,3a) recorded an assist to remain tied for first on the team with seven points, as Chavali (2g,2a) moved within one following his second score of the year.
- Vosvick recorded two saves for Loyola, while Bernardi came up empty due to Loyola only managing two shots on goal.
- BU finished ahead in shot attempts, 11-4, despite Loyola owning a slight 4-3 advantage in corners.
- Despite the loss, the Terriers have now gone eight straight games with at least one goal after opening the season with five straight shutout losses.
- BU will wrap up the non-conference slate at Northeastern on Tuesday (Oct. 17) with a 6 p.m. start time.
- The Terriers lead the all-time series, 21-7-1, after claiming a 3-0 home win last season.
- The Terriers are 2-3-0 this season against in-state rivals with home wins over Harvard and Holy Cross.