Men’s Soccer Falls at Boston University, 1-0
BOSTON, Mass. - The Navy men’s soccer team (2-10-2, 0-4-2 PL) lost at Boston University (6-7-2, 5-1-0 PL), 1-0, on Saturday evening at Nickerson Field in a Patriot League match.
Boston remains tied with Loyola for first place in the Patriot League standings with 15 points, while Navy sits in 10th place with two points. There are three games remaining in the Patriot League schedule.
Boston’s freshman midfielder Toti Knutsson scored the game’s lone goal at 24:01 on a header. Knutsson scored his third goal of the season.
“Boston came out strong and scored in the 25th minute,” said Navy head coach Tim O’Donohue. “We played a lot better in the second half, but we had trouble finding the net. The guys worked very hard and we had some good performances, but we struggled to get behind their defense and finish chances.”
Boston outshot Navy in the first half, 10-1, but Navy rebounded to outshoot the Terriers in the second half, 7-4. Boston led in overall shots, 14-8. Boston also led in corner kicks, 6-4, with Navy holding a 4-0 edge in corner kicks in the second half.
Navy senior goalkeeper Mac Burke made five saves in the contest. Burke leads the Patriot League with 4.86 saves per game.
Burke has now played in 3,373 career minutes in goal, the fifth-most in program history.
Boston goalkeeper Michael Bernardi made two saves in the shutout victory.
Senior midfielder Brock Dudley played the full 90 minutes in his 69th career game. Dudley is two games away from moving into Navy’s top-10 list for career games played.
“Brock had an excellent game,” said O’Donohue. “He won a lot of balls and was dynamic in the middle of the field.”
Boston won its fourth straight game against Navy and leads the all-time series, 4-1. All five games in the series have been decided by one goal.
Navy will next host Lafayette (3-12-0, 2-4-0 PL) on Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.