Nov. 14, 2014
Army finishes the season 6-8-6 overall, while Boston University, which is receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), improves to 12-3-4 and advances to Sunday’s conference championship game.
Army senior goalkeeper Winston Boldt made a career-high 10 saves in his final collegiate outing.
Army controlled the tempo for long stretches of the opening half before Boston University found its share of dangerous chances late in the period. Senior Sean Mogan sent a shot off the crossbar in the seventh minute before his second attempt was blocked in the eighth minute.
The Black Knights didn’t allow a shot by the hosts until the 15th minute when sophomore Felix De Bona trickled his way through a pair of Army defenders and fired an attempt from close range that Boldt saved on the left side of his net.
The Terriers manufactured another threatening scoring opportunity in the 29th minute as senior Cameron Souri delivered a cross from the right side toward Badji at the far post, but Boldt came off his line to intercept the pass.
Boston University registered three of its four shots in the first half during the final 1:46 of the period, including a chance from junior Lucas McBride that hit the crossbar. All three of the Terriers’ late attempts were taken within a stretch of six seconds in the 44th minute.
The hosts picked up where they left off coming out of the halftime break as they tallied a pair of shots on net in the first 4:25 of the second half. Senior Jordan Barker and sophomore Duff Bedrosian had attempts in the 49th and 50th minutes, respectively, but Boldt denied both chances to keep the game scoreless.
Boldt made another save on senior Kelvin Madzongwe’s header from the top of the 18-yard box in the 63rd minute before turning away two more chances that came 30 seconds apart in the 74th minute. Army sophomore Christian Clark accounted for the Black Knights’ first shot on target in the 68th minute, but was denied by senior goalkeeper Nick Thomson.
Sophomore Nick Williams registered a late attempt for Army, but sent his attempt wide in the 89th minute before Boldt turned away a pair of chances from junior Richie Robinson that came six seconds apart in the final minute of regulation.
Williams and freshman Marcos Arroyo each took shots that were blocked in the 96th and 100th minutes of the first overtime period. In the second overtime, Army freshman Mario Da Silva sent a chance just high of the Boston University crossbar in the 107th minute to keep the score level before Badji headed home a pass from Souri at the left post.
GAME NOTES: Army drops to 2-5-0 all-time versus Boston University … this setback marks the second straight season Army has failed to advance out of the Patriot League Semifinals … Winston Boldt stopped a career-high 10 shots in his final contest in the Black Knight uniform … Boldt finishes his career as Army’s career shutout leader with 24 clean sheets to include eight this season.