Sept. 19, 2013
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BOSTON - Riding a three-game win streak at Nickerson Field, the Boston University men's soccer team will conclude the homestand against the Big East's Providence on Friday with action set to begin at 7 p.m.
After dropping a pair of one-game decisions, the Terriers (3-2-0) have defeated Northeastern, Monmouth and Hofstra by a combined score of 6-1. The Friars (4-0-2) enter the contest without a loss, claiming wins over Quinnipiac, Holy Cross, Rhode Island and Harvard along with draws against Brown and Northeastern.
The Last Meeting
September 7, 2012
Men's Soccer Earns 1-1 Draw at Providence
Junior Anthony Ciccone scored his first goal of the season and sophomore Nick Thomson recorded five saves to help the Boston University men's soccer team earn a 1-1 draw at Providence on Friday afternoon.
For BU, the recent success has been the result of a strong effort by both sides of the field with senior co-captain and preseason All-Conference honoree Anthony Ciccone
serving as the focal point. He has tallied four assists in the last three games with freshman Felix De Bona
scoring the game winner against Northeastern.
In Tuesday's victory over the defending CAA champion Huskies, Ciccone curled a free kick into the box for De Bona to head into the net. Sophomores Jeroen Blugh
, Lucas McBride
and Mac McGuire
have also benefited from Ciccone's kicks early in the season.
Defensively, redshirt-freshman Matt Gilbert
has made a combined six saves in the back-to-back shutouts. The backline has had to clear 14 corner kicks and multiple free kicks but has stood up to the challenge after Boston College converted on two in the season opener. Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week David Asbjornsson
has played an important role with sophomore Jeroen Blugh
, senior Fannar Arnarsson
and company contributing as well.
They will face a challenging task against a Friars squad that is averaging 1.83 goals per game and has yet to been shut out. Six players already have at least three points with Julian Gressel leading the way at seven off three goals and an assist. Markus Naglestad only has two starts but still has five points with two goals and assist. Manny Andrade, Anthony Baumann and Dominik Machado have two assists apiece.
Keasel Broome has guarded the net all 580 minutes and owns a 0.93 goals against average and a .739 save percentage. His lone shutout came against Northeastern (0-0) last Saturday. He made three saves in the contest.
The Terriers and Friars are meeting for the third straight year after last season's 1-1 draw at Providence. BU leads the all-time series, 11-3-4, and is 4-0-1 in the last five contests with the Friars last winning in 1989.
After battling Providence, the Terriers will embark on a four-game road trip, beginning with a short visit to Harvard on Wednesday (Sept. 25) at 7 p.m.