Oct. 12, 2007
Taking a break from America East play, the Boston University men's soccer team will look to make it two in a row with a win over Penn State on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. The Terriers shut out Maine last Wednesday to improve to 6-5-0 overall and 1-1-0 in the America East, while Penn State has a record of 4-5-2 and 1-1-1 in the Big Ten.
Freshman Aaron O'Neal (Virginia Beach, Va.) accounted for all of the scoring against the Black Bears, picking up the rebound off his own shot in the 42nd minute and adding an insurance goal at 53:20 from deep on the left side.
O'Neal is BU's leading scorer with five goals and one assist for 11 points. Sophomore goalkeeper Hrafn Davidsson (Reykjavik, Iceland) has started all 10 games played and has a goals against average (GAA) of 1.10 and a save percentage of .825. Red-shirt freshman Joe Cullaro (New York, N.Y.) started the match against Maine and tallied his first career shutout.
Penn State comes into this afternoon's contest after a 1-1 tie with Lafayette at home. The Nittany Lions are led by Jason Yeisley's six goals and four assists. Three other players have two goals apiece. Conrad Taylor has a 4-5-2 record in net for PSU. He has a GAA of 1.54 and a save percentage of .700.
This is just the second meeting between the two teams. Last season, the Terriers and the Nittany Lions played to a 1-1 double overtime draw in the final of the Penn State Classic on Sept. 10. BU took the lead at 26:34 when juniors Paul Mignogna (Tarrytown, N.Y.) and Neil Hlavaty (Lombard, Ill.) executed a give-and-go from the right flank. The Nittany Lions knotted the game in the 66th minute, when Barkley Miller dished the ball of to Simon Omekanda who made a precise pass to Yeisley. He chipped it over Zach Riffett for the game-tying goal. Penn State held a 19-5 advantage in shots and earned 15 corner kicks.
The Terriers return to conference action on Wednesday, Oct. 17 when they travel to Albany, N.Y. to face Albany at 4 p.m.