Oct. 17, 2011
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BOSTON - In its final non-conference match-up of the season, the Boston University men's soccer team will host crosstown rival and 17th-ranked Boston College on Tuesday (Oct. 18) with action set to begin at 7 p.m.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early as the first 250 through the gate will receive a free BU replica soccer jersey. As part of Greek Week, BU Athletics will also be purchasing personalized apparel for the Fraternity and Sorority on campus with the highest house percentage in attendance.
The Terriers (7-6-0, 3-1-0 AE) are searching for their first win against the Eagles (9-4-0, 2-3-0 ACC) since 2006 and their second win of the season against a ranked opponent since beating then-No. 22 Providence on Oct. 4. BU started the year with four straight losses at home but have rebounded back with 1-0 wins over the Friars and Stony Brook.
Overall, BU has won five of its last six, including back-to-back 1-0 shutout victories over Vermont and the Seawolves. The Eagles have also been solid lately, winning four of their last six, including an impressive 2-0 victory at Brown on Sept. 27.
Last time out for the Terriers, it was a tight match-up for second place in the conference standings with Stony Brook. The two teams were scoreless for 90 minutes and went to overtime with freshman Dominique Badjibreaking the tie with a header.
On the back line, Nick Thomsonwas impressive again, recording four saves for his fourth shutout in his last five games. Thomson has now allowed just one goal in his last 519 minutes of play, improving his save percentage to .812 and his goals against average to 0.74, which is tops in America East.
Leading the Eagles offensively are juniors Kyle Bekker and Charlie Rugg, who each have six goals and four assists for 16 points. In their most recent win against Harvard, it was Bekker tallying both goals in the first half to give the Eagles a 2-0 win.
Junior Justin Luthy has seen the majority of time in net, starting 13 out of the Eagles' 15 games. Luthy has four shutouts on the year, owning a goals against average of 1.25 and a .750 save percentage
After Tuesday's contest, the Terriers will travel up to Albany to take on the Great Danes on Saturday (Oct. 22). Game time is set for 2 p.m.