Men’s football undone by errors in 2-1 loss at UMass

AMHERST, Mass. – Competing in a battle of undefeated, the Boston University men’s soccer team struck first but were undone by a pair of defensive errors in a 2-1 loss at UMass on Saturday after- midday.

The Minutemen (4-0-1) defeated the seniors Colin Innes Scored in the 14th minute by firing a 22-yard free kick through a leaping wall of defenders in the 24th minute, then bounding a smooth pass for the goal into an empty net at 72:07 against the Terriers (2- 1-2).

HOW DID IT HAPPEN

  • Senior Quinn Matulis attempted the first shot of the game in the 12th minute, also prompting the game’s first corner kick.
  • Freshman blocked by UMass Quin DeLaMater’s shot at 12:23, and goaltender Matt Zambetti was in position to stop Junior by Eitan Rosen header a few seconds later.
  • BU stayed on the attack and took the lead at 13:52 when Innes fired a shot 20 yards inside the left post past a diving Zambetti following a pass from Junior Andre Louer.
  • Five minutes after the Terriers cleared their first corner kick, the Minutemen earned a free-kick just yards from their box and converted Nick Zielonka’s foot.
  • BU successfully defended against four more UMass corner kicks and took the final shot of the half with the second Tyler Johnson sending one over the crossbar at 44:41.
  • Senior Francesco Montali got his first two saves at 54:25 and 56:12, respectively, to keep the game tied.
  • The Terriers had a quality chance in the 72nd minute, but UMass blocked Rent’s attempt and forced a high shot from the second Kevin Torres.
  • A minute later, Shizu Yohena of the Minutemen took advantage of a smooth pass to Montali first grabbing the ball and then rounding the keeper for the quick goal into an empty net at 72:07.
  • BU pressured the UMass backline in the final five minutes with several free-kicks and two attempted shots but couldn’t find the equalizer for their first loss of the year.

PLAY NOTES

  • Innes now leads the Terriers with two goals and four points.
  • In five games, Rent already has a personal best of three assists.
  • BU posted an 11-9 advantage in shooting despite the Minutemen finishing ahead in corner kicks, 7-2.
  • Montali and Zambetti each made three saves.
  • UMass improved to 25-18-7 all-time in the series as they edged the Terriers by one goal for the third straight game.

NEXT

  • The Terriers will open the Patriot League game at Colgate on Friday, Sept. 16 with a 7 p.m. start time.
  • BU have won the last three meetings, including last season’s 2-0 home decision.

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