Men’s Soccer: McDonnell Shines as Terriers Mount Comeback At Dartmouth

IMG9520784281By Akshai Wadhwani

After trailing the Dartmouth Big Green for almost 80 minutes, BU men’s soccer stormed back to hold their Ivy League hosts to a 2-2 draw on Tuesday.

Dartmouth (0-3-1) initially maintained control of the match via a brace from sophomore Tiger Graham. However, the Big Green could not deny Matt McDonnell a continuation of his prolific goalscoring form. BU’s junior forward connected with a 30-yard free kick from freshman Kari Petursson for his sixth goal of the season, cutting the deficit in half just past the 78-minute mark.

Eight minutes later, sophomore George Abunaw attempted a shot from inside the penalty area. His effort ricochet first off the post and then off a Dartmouth defender’s foot before crossing the line just ahead of Dartmouth goalkeeper Chris Palacios.

The bizzarre tally confirmed a tie game and, after two scoreless halves of overtime, a point saved for the Terriers.

BU finished with 18 shots overall–including a whopping 13 in the second half–with each team placing six efforts on frame. The Big Green’s Palacios and the Terriers’ Michael Bernardi each made four saves.

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Photo by: Matt Doherty

Cautions were prevalent throughout the match, as three Dartmouth players and three BU players were all shown yellow cards. Those came in what was actually a relatively low-fouling match by the Terriers’ standards. The visitors were penalized only 11 times in 110 minutes of play.

Alongside the trailblazing McDonnell, Petursson (four shots, two on target), Austin D’Anna (five shots), and Mana Chavali (three shots) led the way for the offense. After finding net against Massachusetts this past weekend, Petursson has now bagged his first career goal and assist in the past two matches.

Next Up: The Terriers continue their tour of the Ivy League against familiar foes Princeton, with a 4 p.m. kickoff set for this Saturday.

Author: awadhwanwtbu

Akshai is currently a sophomore in the College of Communication at Boston University. He is excited to be returning to WTBU for his second year after covering men's and women's soccer and women's ice hockey, as well as fulfilling a lifelong dream of participating in sports commentary, as a freshman. Akshai's favorite play-by-play and color commentators are Arlo White, Graeme Le Saux, Lee Dixon, Ian Darke, Steve McManaman, Ernie Johnson Jr., and Joe Buck. His favorite pundits are Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe, Kyle Martino, Gary Neville, and Jamie Carragher. His favorite hobbies related to sports include keeping up with the Premier League, playing FIFA 17, and watching spectacularly failed slam dunk attempts on YouTube.

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