Men’s soccer loses battle to Boston University in overtime

Justin Schaumberger, Staff Writer

The Bison men’s soccer team traveled to Boston on Oct. 28 for a Patriot League match against Boston University. Despite generating numerous scoring opportunities during the match, the Bison were unable to capitalize and fell to the Terriers by a score of 2-1 in overtime.

The Bison created plenty of scoring chances, but were only able to score in the 40th minute when midfielder Alex Clarke ’22 found the back of the net after a 30-yard run. After this, however, the Bison were unable to capitalize on their opportunities.

The Terriers found their equalizer in the 69th minute when a driven free kick was tapped home at the back post. The rest of regulation went scoreless, resulting in the eighth overtime match between the two teams. In overtime, the Terriers scored the winning goal when a cross met the head of a Terrier and went in seven minutes into the first overtime period.

The Bison defense held strong through the entire match, limiting the Terriers to only three shots on goal. Goalkeeper Ryan Ott ’19 made one save in the match on the three shots on goal, but was left virtually helpless on the other two.

Offensively, the Bison were frustrated that they were only able to put in one goal.

“We had chances to make it 2-0 and didn’t. Boston U did not quit and got themselves back into the game,” head coach Brendan Nash said.

The Bison managed six shots on goal in the game and forced the Terriers’ keeper to make five saves. Forward Michael Pavick ’22 came close on a few chances during the game. He had a hard shot turned away in the 10th minute, was denied by a kick save in the 61st minute, and almost won the Bison the game when he attempted a shot from the top of the 18-yard box, which was saved in the third minute of overtime. Midfielder Cody Wax ’21 beat the Terrier goalkeeper, but his effort rattled off the post.

The Bison are still confident in themselves despite their frustration with scoring only one goal in the match.

“We are not worried,” Clarke said. “As a team we just need to be more clinical in the final third.”

The close loss dropped the Bison to 6-7-3 on the season. However, the Bison will look to rebound in a crucial game against Navy on Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. The match is the Bison’s final regular-season matchup and Senior Day for their graduating players. The match also has huge implications on postseason play, as both the Bison and the Midshipmen vie for a spot in the Patriot League Tournament.

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