By Akshai Wadhwani September 9, 2017
AMHERST, MA – The Boston University men’s soccer team continued a struggling season on Saturday afternoon, losing 1-0 to the University of Massachusetts Amherst at Rudd Field. The Terriers are now on a five-match losing streak after falling to the Minutemen for the first time in nine meetings, and are still without a goal in season play. With the win, UMass Amherst improves to 3-1-1 on the season and is now 22-17-7 in the all-time series between the two teams.
The decisive moment of the match came in the 51st minute, when the Minutemen’s Alex DeSantis was fouled inside the BU 18-yard box. Taking the ensuing penalty, DeSantis saw his spot-kick saved brilliantly by BU’s William Bönnelyche, the keeper diving to his left to make the stop.
Unfortunately for the Terriers, the rebound fell straight back to the penalty taker himself; collecting his own scraps, DeSantis slotted the ball home for his third goal of the season.
Both teams’ goalkeepers played big roles in the match, with the Terriers’ Bönnelyche and the Minutemen’s Bardia Asefnia finishing with four saves each. The two teams were fairly even by the numbers; BU recorded 10 shots with four on target and earned three corner kicks, while UMass Amherst posted 11 shots with four on target and four corner kicks.
The Terriers fought hard against the 1-0 deficit, with midfielders David Amirani and Peter Kargbo both seeing shots narrowly miss the UMass frame, but were ultimately unable to net their first goal of the season. DeSantis’s goal proved to be the difference as the final score stood at 1-0.
Next Up: After spending this week on the road, the Terriers return to Nickerson Field next Saturday to face Harvard. Kickoff is set for 7 P.M.