- Junior midfielder Karl Ruegemer (Minnetonka, MN) deflected a penalty kick by Andy Dorman (Flintshire, Wales) past Mountaineer goalkeeper Chris McKinney with 5:29 left in regulation as the Boston University men's soccer team earned a 1-1 tie with West Virginia. With the tie, the Terriers remain undefeated at home this season with a 6-0-1 record.
Despite controlling the play for much of the first half, B.U. found itself trailing at the break. West Virginia's Paul-Anthony Perez was able to split the Terrier defense and beat senior keeper Matt Smith (Lanchester, England) with a low shot from 15 yards out. It was the Mountaineers only shot of the half. The goal was the first Smith had allowed in three games, a span of 271:10. He had previously shut out Binghamton at home and Maine in Orono, ME.
"I thought we did what we wanted to do in the game," said head coach Neil Roberts. "I thought we defended well after the one goal."
Dorman had the best chance for the Terriers in the first half, but McKinney was able to get a hand on a low, hard shot from the top of the box by the junior midfielder 15 minutes into the game. Then, with two minutes to go in the half, Dorman set up sophomore back Erik Evjen (Askim, Norway) with a nice cross into the box, but Evjen just missed connecting on a header and the ball trailed out of bounds.
B.U. kept the pressure on in the second half, but could not connect until Ruegemer's goal. On the play, a Mountaineer defender was whistled for an infraction just outside the box to the left. Dorman sent a low ball into the box that Ruegemer was able to re-direct under McKinney's leg, tying the score.
After Ruegemer's equalizer, the Terriers had the best chance to win the game in the second overtime, but freshman back Matt Cross' (Pembroke, MA) low shot from the right side hit off the far post.
The Terriers maintained steady pressure throughout the contest, firing 16 shots on McKinney. The Mountaineers finished the game with three. The Terriers had 16 corner kicks to West Virginia's one.
"We had two shots off the line and one hit the post," said Roberts. "We played pretty well, we just didn't finish our chances."
Up next, the Terriers travel to New York to take on the Seawolves of Stony Brook University on October 16. Game time is 3:30.