Terriers to Host American in PL Opener Saturday Afternoon

Terriers to Host American in PL Opener Saturday Afternoon

Men's Soccer (1-4-2, 0-0-0 PL) vs. American (1-3-2, 0-0-0 PL)
Date & Time Saturday, Sept. 22 | 1 p.m.
Venue Nickerson Field | Boston, Mass.
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Promotion Youth Day

BOSTON – Returning home from a three-game road trip, the Boston University men's soccer team will open the Patriot League schedule against American on Saturday with the Youth Day soccer doubleheader slated to begin at 1 p.m. The Terrier women will follow at 4 p.m. against Lehigh.

Admission for both contests is free for kids 8th grade and below. To register for free admission, click HERE.

TERRIER TIDBITS
  • BU was selected to finish second in the Patriot League preseason poll after claiming a 6-2-1 record last season and reaching its third semifinal in four years.
  • Head coach Neil Roberts owns an all-time conference record of 148-55-34 (.696) at BU with a 22-6-8 (.722) mark over the last four years in the PL.
  • Roberts has helped guide the Terriers to 12 conference regular season titles, including most recently in 2014, and also to a second-place finish in both 2015 and 2017.
  • BU is home for the first time since a thrilling 3-2 come-from-behind win over defending Atlantic 10 champion UMass.
  • In Wednesday's 2-1 OT loss at Harvard, sophomore Austin D'Anna became the third Terrier to net a goal this year, joining junior Matt McDonnell (6g) and freshman Kari Petursson (1g,1a).
  • Junior Satchel Cortet assisted on D'Anna's goal for his second assist of the season and is one behind sophomore Toti Knutsson for the team lead.
  • Senior Mike Bernardi has started the last three contests and owns a 0.781 save percentage with a 1.65 goals against average.
SCOUTING AMERICAN
  • The Eagles were selected to finish eighth in the Patriot League preseason poll after posting a 4-12-1 (3-6-0 PL) record last year and 11-5-5 (7-1-1 PL) mark in 2016.
  • AU is 0-3-1 in road games this season and is looking to snap a five-game winless streak following a season-opening 2-1 victory vs. George Mason.
  • Fabio Massaro owns a team-high three goals with Jerry Zouantcha and Brenner Jarrad claiming two goals apiece.
  • Tim Neumann has tallied three of the team's six assists.
  • Lucas Manso has appeared in all six games, posting a 0.605 save percentage with a 2.86 goals against average.

SERIES HISTORY

  • AU leads the all-time series, 3-2-1, after the Terriers pulled out a 2-0 victory in Washington, D.C., last season.
  • McDonnell scored the first goal in the fifth minute and was followed by Eric Mubang's 49th-minute strike.
  • Bernardi posted six saves for the shutout win.
  • The Eagles are 1-0-1 at Nickerson Field with 0-0 draw in 2014 and 2-0 victory in 2016.
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