Bison Men’s Soccer Plays to Scoreless Draw with Boston University

Rylee Donaldson, Contributing Writer

A rainy day on Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium did not take away from the competition between the Bison and the Boston Terriers. The two played a hard-fought 90 minutes followed by two, 10 minute overtime periods. They came into the match even in the Patriot League Men’s Soccer standings, both tied for seventh place with matching 2-3-2 records. The Terriers and Bison remain tied for seventh, each with eight points in league play after the 0-0 draw. 

The Terriers outshot the Orange and Blue 16-12, but only one of these shots was on goal for the day. The Bison defense, composed of MJ Kuczara ’24, Gabe Dahlin ’25, Colin Eifert ’22 and Collin Murphy ’24 displayed a united front to contain the Terriers offense. The defense stepped up big time when first-year goalkeeper Logan Kinajil-Moran ’25 came on for his collegiate debut.

Starting keeper Bennett Schwartz ’23 came out of his box to play a contested ball in the 94th minute, but the ball skipped by on the wet surface and the collision that followed with Boston’s Brian Hernandez resulted in a yellow for Schwartz. This was his second yellow of the day, resulting in a red card and sent Schwartz off the pitch.

Kinajil-Moran, a first-year from New Zealand, was able to handle services in traffic with composure. He kept the clean sheet intact for the Orange and Blue in his 16 minutes of action.

The Bison, though outshot, had the better of the chances during the match. Jordan Miller ’24 found space near the left post late in the first half, but his shot was stopped by the Terriers’ keeper. 

Two volleys in the second half nearly found the back of the net, but the Terriers keeper was there to make the stop. Patrick O’Hara ’22 and Brennan Gac ’24 both connected well with the ball, but were unable to slip it past the goal line.

“It was a battle to the end. We connected the ball well today and found dangerous chances, but weren’t able to put them away. Our defense held strong and I am proud of the way we performed. We wanted to get the win, but we are looking forward to closing out the season and fighting for a chance to make the Patriot League Tournament,” Kuczara said.

The two teams have gone into overtime on nine of the 10 occasions that they have met.

The Orange and Blue celebrated Senior Day prior to kickoff. Eifert, O’Hara, Alex Clarke, Jacob Mittman and Aiden Perry were all recognized with their families.

The Bison will play the first of their last two matches next Saturday against Navy on the road. The game is set to start at 4 p.m. on Oct. 30.

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