Men’s Soccer to Play at Boston U. on Saturday
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Navy men’s soccer team (2-9-2, 0-3-2 PL) will begin the final four-game stretch of its Patriot League schedule at Boston U. (5-7-2, 4-1-0 PL) on Saturday at 5:00 PM at Nickerson Field. Free live video and live statistics will be available.
Following the game at Boston U. on Saturday, Navy will host Lafayette on Wednesday, Oct. 25, play at Colgate on Sunday, October 29 and close the regular season at home against Bucknell on Saturday, November 4.
Boston U. enters Saturday’s game tied for first place in the Patriot League standings with Loyola with 12 points. Navy sits in 10th place with two points after the first five league games.
Navy’s last game was a 0-0 double-overtime draw against rival Army West Point at the Army-Navy Cup VI. The game was played in front of 8,143 fans at Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union, in Chester, Pa.
Navy senior goalkeeper Mac Burke made seven saves against Army to post his second shutout of the season. Due to his play against Army, Burke was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week and the NAAA Athlete of the Week.
Burke leads the Patriot League, and ranks 19th in the NCAA, in saves per game this season at 4.85. He has a goals-against average of 1.39 and a save percentage of .768.
Burke became the second Mid to earn a weekly award from the Patriot League this season. Freshman Toni Adewole was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 11.
Senior forward Daniel Zaremba leads Navy in scoring with seven points on three goals and one assist, while senior midfielder Aubrey Jones has scored three goals for six points. Junior midfielder TJ Powers leads Navy, while ranking fifth in the Patriot League, with four assists on the season.
Navy is currently ranked seventh in the Patriot League in scoring offense (0.92) and sixth in goals-allowed per game (1.46).
Navy’s midweek game at Howard this past Wednesday was cancelled due to a facility issue at HU.
Boston U. lost its first five games of the 2017 season and was outscored 13-0 during that stretch. The Terriers were 1-5-1 heading in to its first Patriot League game, when they then reeled off four straight league wins to take the early lead in the conference standings.
Boston suffered its first loss of the Patriot League season last weekend, falling to preseason favorite Loyola, 2-1.
Four of Boston’s five wins this season have come in Patriot League games.
Sophomore forward Matt McDonnell leads Boston in scoring this season with nine points on four goals and one assist. Freshman midfielder Toti Knutsson is second on the team with seven points on two goals with three assists, while sophomore midfielder Mana Chavali has two goals and two assists for six points.
Sophomore goalkeeper Michael Bernardi is 4-4-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average and a .722 save percentage.
Boston ranks fifth in the Patriot League in goals per game (1.00) and also fifth in goals-allowed per game (1.36).
Navy and Boston are meeting for the fifth time in series history. The Terriers lead the all-time series, 3-1-0, and have won the last three meetings. Boston posted a 1-0 win over Navy last season at Nickerson Field, scoring in the 74th minute. Each of the four games in the series have been decided by one goal.
Navy will next host Lafayette (2-12-0, 1-4-0 PL) on Wednesday at 7:00 PM at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility.