Nov. 18, 2015
|Men’s Soccer (12-5-2) at UConn (9-5-6) – NCAA 1st Round|
|Date||Thursday, Nov. 19 | 12:30 p.m.|
|Venue||Morrone Stadium | Storrs, Conn.|
|Game Notes||BU Notes|
|@BUGameDay | @BU_MensSoccer|
BOSTON – In a matchup of NCAA at-large bid recipients, the Boston University men’s soccer team will visit UConn in the NCAA First Round on Thurs., Nov. 19, with action set for 12:30 p.m. First kick was originally scheduled for 7:00 p.m. but was moved up due to expected inclement weather in the evening.
BU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• The Terriers are in the NCAA tournament for the 15th time in their 66-year history as a varsity program … 31st-year head coach Neil Roberts has been at the helm for 14 of the trips and was an assistant in 1980 for BU’s first-ever appearance.
• BU has made four trips in the past 11 years with the last one occurring in 2008 when the Terriers captured the America East tournament crown.
• This will be the BU’s first NCAA trip as a Patriot League member after falling one point short of repeating as the PL regular season champions.
• BU is 6-14-1 all-time in the NCAAs, having advanced past the opening round in 1985, 1988, 1990, 1993, 1994 and 2008.
• The Terriers made their first appearance at UConn in 1980 … They later claimed their first-ever postseason victory at UConn in 1985 … BU pulled out a 2-1 overtime win by way of penalty kicks … In 1988, BU had an easier time against the Huskies, claiming a 3-1 victory before coincidentally falling at Indiana, the next scheduled opponent for the Thursday afternoon winner.
• In their last NCAA appearance, the Terriers opened with a 1-0 win over Fairleigh Dickinson at home before dropping a 1-0 decision at St. John’s.
• BU last won on the road in 1994 at Harvard, 2-0.
• The Terriers last earned an at-large bid in 2007.
• BU almost earned one in 2014 but was just left out with an RPI ranking of 38 and 12-4-4 record.
• Though BU hasn’t beaten a ranked team this season, the Terriers own strong RPI wins at American (#37), vs. Harvard (#38), vs. Albany (#53) at Colgate (#59), vs. UMass Lowell (#64) and at Navy (#95).
BU-UCONN SERIES HISTORY
• UConn leads 31-12-3 in series dating back to 1951.
• The Huskies are 2-1-2 in the last five meetings since 2008 with BU posting a 3-0 win at then-No. 12 UConn in 2009 … The Terriers earned draws on the road in 2012 (1-1) and in 2008 (0-0).
• In 2013 at Nickerson Field, UConn’s Edir Dagraca scored in the 41st minute against BU’s Matt Gilbert (four saves) … The Huskies out-shot the Terriers, 19-8, with Andre Blake needing just one save.
PLAYING THE FIELD
• BU is 0-2-0 against teams in this year’s field with a 3-2 home loss to Boston College and 3-2 overtime home loss to Lehigh.
• The Terriers won at Dartmouth (3-1) and at Lehigh (2-0) in 2014.
• The Terriers own a 12-5-2 record but are 4-3-1 in the last eight games, while the Huskies (9-6-5) are 6-0-2 in their last eight games.
• BU previously owned a six-game unbeaten streak and went 7-1-1 from Sept. 24-Oct. 20 with six of the victories coming by way of shutout … The Terriers outscored opponents, 13-4 … Since then though, they have been out scored, 8-7, in the last five games (2-2-1).
• BU was the only 2014 PL semifinals participant to return to the 2015 edition.
• Despite returning just three starters, the Terriers claimed back-to-back 12+ win seasons for the first time since 1993-94.
• BU has only been shut out twice this season, a 2-0 defeat at Brown and 2-0 loss to American in the Patriot League semifinals.
• BU is 6-2-1 on the road this season with non-conference losses at Brown and Princeton (2-1) … Key wins at 2014 Atlantic 10 champ Fordham and UMass.
• The Terriers have gone to overtime seven times and are 4-1-2 in such contests … Six of the OT games came in conference play.
• Two men combined for 14 of BU’s 28 goals.
• Junior striker Felix De Bona leads the Terriers with eight goals after combining for six goals in 35 games his first two years … Tallied a goal in first three games of this year … Scored fifth-minute game winner at American … Later tallied a combined four goals in three games vs. Lehigh Holy Cross and Army West Point.
• St. John’s sophomore transfer Anthony Viteri owns six goals this season, highlighted by multi-goal performances against UMass and Harvard … He added an assist against the Crimson to become the first Terrier in 10 years to post two goals and an assist in the same game … His five points were the most total since Shaun Taylor (‘09) had a hat trick in 2008 … Currently ranks 15th nationally in shots per game (3.87).
• Freshman Magnus Benediktsson owns a team-high six assists … He ranks 38th nationally in assists per game (.40).
• Junior Matt Gilbert has played every second at net and owns seven shutouts this season, highlighted by clean sheets against American, UMass Lowell, Harvard and Colgate … Ranks 23rd nationally in save percentage (.816) and 54th in goals against average (0.964).
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
• They are making their 17th NCAA appearance in the last 18 seasons … Won the title in 1948, 1981 and 2000.
• UConn tied Tulsa in the American Athletic Conference title game but lost the championship on penalty kicks … Still the Huskies earned the at-large bid with the strong finish to the season and a critical win at then-top-15 RPI squad South Florida in the AAC semis.
• The Huskies rank seventh in fewest fouls committed at just 8.70 per game … BU however ranks 157th at 13.05 per game.
• UConn opened season with three straight 0-0 decisions at home … Six of the eight (1-1-6) overtime contests occurred at home.
• The Huskies shared two opponents with BU … Won 2-1 at Harvard and fell at BC, 3-1.
• UConn earned five All-AAC accolades … Freshman forward Abdu Mbacke Thiem has 11 off the Huskies’ 23 goals and earned both All-Rookie and Second Team accolades … The midfielder Kwame Awuah has tallied 11 assists, fourth most in the nation, to earn First Team honors alongside defender Jake Nerwinski … Fellow defender Simen Olafsen was placed on the All-Rookie Team.
• Scott Levene has played all 1940:33 this season at net and owns a 0.74 goals against average, 25th best mark nationally, and .800 save percentage, 36th best mark.
• The team advancing out of the first round will next play at No. 16 seed Indiana on Sunday (Nov. 22) at 12 p.m.