Terriers to Travel to Bethlehem in Search of Second Consecutive Patriot League Win

By Akshai Wadhwani        September 29, 2017

BETHLEHEM, PA  –  A “tough test” would be an enormous understatement for what awaits the Boston University men’s soccer team this weekend. They will take on Lehigh University in Pennsylvania on Saturday evening.

The Mountain Hawks (6-2 overall, 1-0 in conference play) are on a five-match win streak, which includes a 1-0 victory over West Point in their opening Patriot League fixture. They are averaging almost two goals per match and have outshot their opponents 96-79, with 12 shots per game and a SOG percentage of 0.375. Over the course of their win streak, they have scored 11 goals while allowing just three. To top it off, Lehigh counts the current league leaders in both goals and assists among its players; junior Mark Forrest has six goals on the year — as well as four assists — while senior Doyle Tuvesson has five assists and two goals. All in all, BU would do extremely well to take points from this matchup.

The Terriers (2-6-1 overall, 1-0 in conference play) also came away victorious in their first Patriot League match of the season, earning a decisive 2-0 win over American with goals from Matt McDonnell and Eric Mubang.

Although recovery is well underway, BU has struggled offensively this season; they have scored five goals in nine matches, while allowing 16. Additionally, on the defensive end, the Terriers have committed a whopping 145 fouls—an average of 16 per match—and have received 23 yellow cards. Those numbers are all league highs.

On the bright side, BU has just about matched their opponents in shots (91-92) and shots per match (10.1-10.2). They will be led by senior and co-captain Adam Sheikali (1 goal, 1 assist), as well as midfielder Satchel Cortet (2 assists, 11 shots) and forward Matt McDonnell (1 goal, 14 shots).

Kickoff from Ulrich Sports Complex is set for 6 P.M.

Author: awadhwanwtbu

Akshai is a freshman at Boston University this year. He is very excited to be writing for WTBU, having never engaged in any sort of journalism in his life before; he hopes beginners' luck stays with him throughout his coverage of BU sports teams this year. Akshai has been a soccer fan since he knew what sports were, and enjoys catching what English Premier League he can on weekends. He is praying that the beauty of streaming TV, along with his father's willingness to pay for cable, will allow him to continue this hobby throughout college.

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