Men's Soccer Blanks Boston University
Oct. 19, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette scored twice in the opening half and cruised to a 2-0 win over Boston University on Saturday afternoon at Oaks Stadium. Jeff McLaughlin and Tom McCutcheon tallied the goals for the Leopards.
The Leopards secured an important three points with the victory and improved to 4-3-6 overall and 2-3-0 in Patriot League play. Boston dropped to 4-8-1 on the year and 1-4-0 in the conference.
Twenty minutes into the match BU had the game's first chance when Lucas McBride flicked on a throw in between two Lafayette defenders and sent Dominique Badji on a run behind the Lafayette back four. Badji's right footed shot from the top of the Leopards' box missed the target and the game remained scoreless to that point.
Less than 90 seconds later, Lafayette found the back of the net following an excellent bit of combination passing thorugh the midfield. Erik Cannon started the play with a ball into the middle for Ryan Egan, who took a touch, looked up, and hit McLaughlin on a diagonal run. The senior chested the pass down to his right foot and slotted it past BU goalie Matt Gilbert to give Lafayette a 1-0 advantage.
Lafayette continued to pressure throughout the opening half and with eight minutes to play before intermission, a run by Bryan White down right flank nearly set up a second tally. A short cross for Chandler Fraser-Pauls connected and put him inside the BU area where he let go a left-footed shot that went high and wide of the goal.
A set piece in the 42nd minute allowed Lafayette to pad its lead. White stepped to the ball from just beyond the corner of the Boston area where he sent a service across the top of the six-yard box for McCutcheon, who redirected with a perfect header that snuck inside the far post. It was McCutcheon's first tally of the season and Lafayette took a 2-0 lead into halftime.
Looking to cut Lafayette's lead in half, BU had a great chance in the 50th minute when Anthony Ciccone sent a cross into the middle for Badji. His header was header for the far post, but McDonald dove to his left to keep it out and preserve the 2-0 lead. The senior keeper finished with five saves in the match to collect his sixth clean sheet of the year and 17th overall.
Trailing 2-0, the Terriers were forced to bring more men into the attacking third and Lafayette saw its opportunities increase in the second frame. In the 57th minute Greg Biggiani's run to the end line allowed him to send a cross back into the middle. The pass made its way through to the far side for McLaughlin, whose right-footed strike was saved and deflected off the crossbar by Gilbert before being cleared away from danger. The stop by Gilbert was one of six on the day for the Terriers' backstop.
Biggiani had a couple of breaks in the second half himself, but was unable to find the back of the net as Lafayette went on to the 2-0 win. In all, the Leopards held a 14-11 edge in shots as each side took five corner kicks in the match.
Lafayette is back in action next Saturday when they travel to Washington, D.C. for a rematch of the 2012 Patriot League championship game against American. Kickoff from Reeves Field between the Leopards and Eagles is set for 1 p.m.
Today's game was the first ever meeting between the two teams.
McCutcheon's goal was the third of his career.
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