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BOSTON - Kicking off a new era as a member of the Patriot League, the Boston University men's soccer team will open the seventh annual Terrier Tailgate against crosstown rival Boston College on Friday with action slated to begin at 5 p.m.
After the contest at 7:30 p.m., the BU women's soccer team will host No. 11 South Carolina as part of the doubleheader.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the first 1,000 will receive a free BU soccer scarf. All BU fans will receive free admission and are asked to enter though Gate 1. There will also be free food from Raising Cane's along with games, prizes, face painting, and music.
The Last Meeting
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August 27, 2012
Selected to finish second in the Patriot League this season, the Terriers enter Friday's game seeking their first multi-game win streak against BC since 1996. Last year on the road, BU claimed a 1-0 shutout victory over the No. 11 Eagles with 2013 Patriot League preseason All-Conference honoree Anthony Ciccone
using a cross to set up the game-winning goal.
A co-captain alongside Ciccone, junior and fellow preseason All-PL team member Kelvin Madzongwe helped anchor the backline with junior Nick Thomson posting five saves. Coincidentally, the victory served as the program's 500th all-time win.
BU looked to carry momentum from that win into the rest of the schedule, but Madzongwe suffered a season-ending injury in the following contest and more players continued to fall. The injury-plagued Terriers finished the season 6-8-4 but still had many bright spots on the year.
Junior Parker Powell and sophomore Mac McGuire tallied five goals apiece while Ciccone finished with a personal-best eight assists. Junior Dominique Badji had eight points and a team-high 65 shot attempts, earning him preseason All-Conference honors for the upcoming season. With only two seniors last year, including current New York Red Bulls member Michael Bustamante ('12), BU still managed a 1-1 draw at then-No. 3 UConn along with five other shutouts.
Powell, McGuire, Ciccone and Badji are four of 18 total returning letter winners and are joined by 10 newcomers. One of the new faces on the squad, freshman David Asbjornsson
has international experience playing for Iceland's U-21 national team. Classmate Felix De Bona
made his mark with 24 goals at the New England Revolution Academy.
Owning a 22-18-8 all-time record in the series, BC advanced to the 2012 NCAA tournament before being eliminated in the first round with a record of 8-6-5. Junior Derrick Boateng is the top returning scorer with nine points off three goals and three assists. The Eagles were selected to finish eighth in the ACC, which features six ranked teams after adding three schools from the Big East.
Following the home opener against the Eagles, the Terriers will hit the road and visit UConn on Friday (Sept. 6) for a 7:30 p.m. start time.