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Boston U. overtime goals take kick out of Towson St. Terriers fire 20 shots in earning 2-0 victory


Towson State's soccer team knew it had its hands full when it played host to Boston University yesterday, even though the Terriers came in with only a 3-5-1 record.

BU has dominated the North Atlantic Conference the past two years and began the season ranked second in the nation behind Virginia.

Towson managed to hold the Terriers scoreless for 103 minutes, 37 seconds, but it wasn't enough as BU scored in each overtime period and came away with a 2-0 victory.

Ola Olsen, a senior from Oslo, Norway, scored the game's first goal with 1:13 left in the first 15-minute overtime period.

"It was from 18 feet out," said Olsen. "It was my first goal of the season. Last year I scored nine goals."

And then, 20 seconds into the second overtime, BU's Nick Bone, a sophomore from Newcastle, England, connected from 15 feet out.

Playing their second conference game in three days, the Tigers, who are ranked 24th in the nation, lost for only the second time this year. They are 8-2 overall, 3-2 in the conference.

"We just didn't stay up on their guy defensively when we allowed BU's first goal," said Towson coach Frank Olszewski. "That's not like us, but BU has a good team and we played hard against them all day. We have to stick together in good times and bad."

BU improved to 4-5-1 and 1-0 in the conference with the win, but the Terriers aren't satisfied.

"We've been struggling all year," said BU coach Neil Roberts, who has 10 foreign-born players on his squad. "We had a difficult schedule early on and we gave up easy goals in losing to Indiana, Brown, UMass, Harvard and Rhode Island.

"Today we had to change our game a little because of all the bumps on Towson's grass field. You can't pass the ball on this, so we had to go straight in. But Towson has a good team. They're going to win a lot of games."

BU had many opportunities to score more goals, the visitors getting 20 shots on goal to Towson's 15. Towson goalie Ethan Jennings had 10 saves while BU's Bryan Murphy had to turn away only six shots.

Towson State plays at home again Friday against New Hampshire at 4 p.m.

Boston Univ. 0 0 1 1 -- 2

Towson State 0 0 0 0 -- 0

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