Nov. 14, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. – If you like lots of soccer, Boston University’s Nickerson Field was the place to be on Friday as a pair of Patriot League Tournament semifinal games went into double overtime — and the nightcap even longer — to determine who moved on to the championship match on Sunday.
Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Dominique Badji scored in the 109th minute to lift the top-seeded Terriers to a 1-0 win over No. 6 Army, who were a little more than a minute away from reaching a penalty shootout round for the second time in this postseason.
In the nightcap, fifth seed Bucknell and No. 2 Navy did deliver on a shootout round after the two teams battled through 110 scoreless minutes. It was the Bison who moved on to the final after winning 5-4 in PKs.
Boston University and Bucknell will play for the Patriot League automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament at 1 p.m. on Sunday. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie last Saturday in Lewisburg, Pa. in the final weekend of the regular season
No. 1 Boston U. 1, No. 6 Army 0 (2OT)
Top seed Boston University held a nearly 2-1 advantage in shots on Friday but could find the range against No. 6 Army and Patriot League Goalkeeper Winston Boldt for nearly 109 minutes. With 1:06 left until the teams would move into a penalty shootout to determine a winner, Dominique Badji headed home a cross from Cameron Souri for a golden goal in the Patriot League Tournament semifinal at Nickerson Field.
The Terriers (12-3-4) outshot Army 22-12 and forced Boldt to make a career-high 10 saves, including nine in the second half. Boston University goalkeeper was credited with one save to earn his ninth clean sheet of the season.
Army, who advanced to the Patriot League semifinal by winning a penalty shootout at American on Tuesday, finishes the season with a 6-8-6 record.
Boston University reaches the Patriot League Championship Game for the first time after joining the membership in 2013.
No. 5 Bucknell 0, No. 2 Navy 0 Bucknell advances 5-4 on PKs
Bucknell goalkeeper Clarke Fox spent much of the 2014 regular season alternating starts with fellow junior Mike Lansing. Fox has earned both starts in the postseason and has yet to allow a goal to help the fifth-seeded Bison advance to the Patriot League Championship against host Boston University on Sunday.
Fox stopped five shots in 110 minutes of scoreless regulation and then came up with a save on Navy’s Brock Dudley to give the Bison a 5-4 win in the penalty shootout. This was only the second time defending champion Navy failed to score a goal in a game this season.
Bucknell (9-9-3) has reached the Patriot League championship game for the fifth time. The Bison won titles in 2006,2009 and 2010 after losing the 1993 final in overtime.
Navy falls to 11-4-5 on the season and will wait for consideration for an at-large bid from the NCAA selection committee on a resume that includes a win over 13th ranked Maryland.