In its second Patriot League contest of the season, the Boston University men’s soccer team took on the U.S. Military Academy on Saturday night. Despite recording a goal within the first two minutes of the contest, the Terriers fell to Army by a score of 3-2 in a double-overtime thriller.
“It was a shame really,” said BU coach Neil Roberts on the loss. “The team put in a very good effort and we went into a situation against a good team and did extremely well. We controlled the match for eighty minutes.”
The Black Knights (7-1-1, 2-0 Patriot League) brought in a defense that was top in the Patriot League, allowing only three goals in their first eight games. Despite Army’s strong defense, the Terriers (3-6-1, 0-2 Patriot League) jumped on the board quickly.
Sophomore forward Lucas McBride notched his second goal of the season just two minutes into the contest. McBride took advantage of an Army turnover in the box and put the ball into the net, giving the Terriers an early 1-0 advantage.
Five minutes later the Terriers nearly took a 2-0 lead. After a cross into the box, McBride flicked a header shot towards goal but goalkeeper Winston Boldt made the save.
Although the initial attack came from the Terriers’ offense, the Black Knights came back, looking to tie up the game. In the 13th minute Army got its first shot when forward Cody Guerry took a shot on net, but redshirt freshman goalkeeper Matt Gilbert stop it.
A few seconds later, the Black Knights were able to earn their first corner of the contest which midfielder Justin Kim took. Kim curled the ball into the goal box and defender Tommy Jaeger got the shot off for the Black Knights, but it went high of goal.
In the 24th minute of play, junior midfielder Jordan Barker took the first corner kick for the Terriers and laced the ball into the box. McBride was able to get off his third shot of the game, but Boldt was able to stop it.
In the waning minutes of the second half, the Terriers had two chances to pad their slim lead. With two corner kicks in the 43rd and 44th minutes the Terriers looked poised to score another goal. Barker took both corners for BU, but both were cleared away from danger by the Black Knight defense.
At the end of the half the Terriers held a 1-0 advantage and also held a lead in shots by a 9-8 margin.
The beginning of the second half both teams saw both teams battling for possession, with neither creating many strong opportunities.
BU scored in the 72nd minute on its first shot on goal in the second half, giving the Terriers a 2-0 edge. Barker took a free kick and put it into a spot perfectly in the box for sophomore defender Jeroen Blugh to head in for the Terriers’ second.
“We created some good chances and controlled the game at [Army’s] place,” Roberts said. “It was a really good performance. The last few games we’ve been creating good chances.”
After being held goalless for the first 82 minutes of the contest, the Black Knights were able to tally their first goal in the 83rd minute. Guerry was able to get off a shot which Gilbert saved, but a rebound bounced out for freshman Christian Ollen who put the ball in for a goal.
Two minutes later, Guerry passed the ball to forward Jordan Lee who put the ball past Gilbert’s right side, tying the game at 2-2.
“We have to manage the game a little bit better,” Roberts said. “We had the numbers secured in the back, but we got a little stretched. It is something that we can’t have happen, especially after the effort.”
With scored all knotted up, the game headed to overtime. While neither team was able to get the golden goal in the first 10-minute overtime period, Army was able to get the winning goal three minutes into the second session.
In the 103rd minute, freshman Nick Williams passed the ball to midfielder Alex Jaroscak near the goal box, setting up a shot. Joroscak took the ball and laced it into the top left corner of the goal giving the Black Knights the win.
“We’ve been playing better than our record shows,” Roberts said. “It was another good performance. We just have to stop making these silly mistakes in certain parts of the game. We probably deserved better, but we didn’t do what we needed to do.”