Oct. 18, 2014Jordan Barker tallied four points and senior Nick Thomson stopped four shots to help lead the 22nd-ranked Boston University men’s soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Lafayette on Saturday afternoon.
With their second consecutive three-goal performance, the Terriers (10-2-1, 5-0-0 PL) extend their unbeaten streak to nine games, while the Leopards (5-7-2, 1-4-0 PL) suffer their first multi-goal loss of the season after allowing a season-high three goals.
Barker played a critical role in all three scores, starting off in the 25th minute. He played a ball from outside the top of the box to junior Richie Robinson, who ran a few yards on the right side and fired at the left post to become the eighth Terrier to earn at least one goal this season.
Three minutes into the second half, BU earned a free kick from 24 yards out. Barker curled the ball inside the right post to extend the lead in what proved to be his third game winner of the season, as Lafayette cut the deficit in half in the 57th minute.
The Leopards pressured the BU backline that was missing three starters by placing the ball into the box. The Terriers were unable to get the clear, and Eric West took advantage for his fifth goal of the year.
BU responded to the adversity with an insurance score at 79:36. The Terriers played a long ball to senior Dominique Badji on the left side of the box. He sent the ball toward the middle to Barker, who quickly touched it over to freshman David Amirani for the finish from eight yards out.
One minute later, the Leopards sealed their fate when one of their players received a direct red card for arguing with the official to give BU a man-up advantage.
Thomson stopped two shots in each half, while Brad Seeber had two stops for Lafayette in the final 33:44 after Sandy Leavy allowed the first two BU goals.
Lafayette finished with a 14-12 advantage in shots, as the Terriers edged the Leopards in corners, 4-3.
Following the game, BU will conclude the non-conference portion of the regular season at crosstown rival Boston College on Tuesday at 7 p.m.