Oct. 8, 2008
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -
Freshman Michael Bustamante scored his first career game-winner in the 47th minute to lead the Boston University men's soccer team (4-5-2, 1-1-0 America East) past Stony Brook (2-10-1, 0-2-0 AE) on Wednesday evening at LaValle Stadium. Senior Hrafn Davidsson and junior Joe Cullaro combined for five saves in the shutout as the Terriers earned their first road and conference victories of the season.
BU entered the game with all three of their losses on the road being decided by one goal, but this time the Terriers had a positive outcome as they inched closer back to .500.
"It was a battle for sure," said head coach Neil Roberts. "I know their record is not good, but they are a good team. They just scheduled a lot of good teams early on like us. We needed a lot of guys to come through for the team because Stony Brook came at us in the first half."
The Seawolves were the aggressors at the onset, attempting the first four shots of the game, but the Terriers settled down and maintained possession of the ball more often. They finished the first half ahead in shots, 9-8, with Davidsson posting three saves and SBU's Dawid Ditrich recording four of his own.
Off a counter play, sophomore Aaron O'Neal help put BU on the board quickly in the second frame when he sent a cross from the far side to Bustamante, who then rifled a shot over Ditrich's right shoulder at 46:40 for his second-career goal. The assist was O'Neal's team-leading fifth of the season, as both he and Bustamante are now tied for second on the squad with seven points each.
"Michael scored a great goal for us," Roberts said. "He's been coming along. With any freshman, there are ups and downs. There are some things he does well and some things he needs to learn, but Michael has a chance to be a very good player. He set up some other people that could have been goals, so he had a good game today."
Down by a goal, the Seawolves became the aggressor again as they attempted 10 shots against BU's five. Cullaro, who stopped five shots in last year's 2-1 victory over Stony Brook, played the entire second half at net for the Terriers and recorded two saves to help preserve the team's fourth shutout of the year.
BU now holds a 5-3-0 edge over the Seawolves in a series that began in 2001.
"It was a confidence builder for us to be under pressure and win a 1-0 game," Roberts said. "You need to grow up as a team and need to be in these type of situations on the road. It's important that we were able to do that and come out on top."
The Terriers are back at Nickerson Field on Saturday as they host Binghamton (6-2-3, 1-0 AE). Kick-off is slated for 1 p.m.
"Binghamton is definitely one of the top teams in the conference," Roberts commented. "They beat Albany (3-0) at Albany today, so they are a good team. We'll certainly have our hands full."