Defense is one of the calling cards for the Boston University men’s soccer team, but it fell short on that front in its regular season finale against Colgate University on Friday night. The Red Raiders (8-10-1, 4-4-1 Patriot League) are defending league champions, and they played like it against a Terriers team that looked to secure one of the top spots in the upcoming Patriot League Tournament.
The box score says BU (7-8-3, 6-2-1 Patriot League) lost 4-0, but the game was not even that close. Colgate came out with more energy and by the 23rd minute had secured a 3-0 lead.
“They were more aggressive,” BU head coach Neil Roberts said. “Credit Colgate, they came out and they needed the points and we thought we needed the points as well and they just were more aggressive.”
The Terriers had not allowed just three goals to nine conference opponents all season long, which made Friday’s defensive lapses even more puzzling for Roberts and his coaching staff.
They did not have much time to lament over the loss, though, as the tournament looms. The second-seeded Terriers will look to knock off the College of the Holy Cross on Friday, November 10 in Baltimore for the league semifinals.
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