Early 2-0 deficit too much for Towson to overcome Boston University captures title, 3-1, gains NCAA berth

NAC soccer tournament

November 13, 1995|By Pete Schnatz | Pete Schnatz,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PHILADELPHIA -- The normally stingy Towson State defense committed two early mistakes and the Tigers never recovered, falling to Boston University, 3-1, yesterday in the North Atlantic Conference men's soccer championship at cold and blustery Drexel Field.

BU (11-7-2) gained an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. Towson State (14-4), ranked 14th, must hope for an at-large bid to the 32-team field.

Fewer than 100 spectators were on hand to see the Terriers grab a 2-0 lead less than 19 minutes into the contest.

Ola Olsen, voted the tournament's outstanding player, opened the scoring 8 minutes, 6 seconds into the first half with a spectacular burst down the right wing.

Olsen, one of a trio of BU players from Oslo, Norway, took control just inside the midfield stripe and broke in alone. Towson goalkeeper Mike Stillman charged out to contest the shot, but Olsen drilled the ball low into the left corner of the net.

BU extended the lead to 2-0 with 18:46 gone when Gisle Sorli, another Oslo import, sent a corner kick over Stillman's outstretched hands. Dean Smith, a freshman from England, was left unmarked and calmly tucked the ball inside the right post.

The early deficit put Towson in unfamiliar territory -- the Tigers had allowed just one goal in the first half through 17 games.

"This game carries a certain amount of pressure and having to come back against a veteran team like BU just adds to the task," said Towson coach Frank Olszewski.

The Tigers mustered very little on attack in the first half, the best chance coming midway through the period when NAC Rookie of the Year Petteri Kaijasilta came up with the ball out of a scramble in front of the BU net. Kaijasilta's shot, from less than 5 yards away, sailed well wide of the right post.

Towson finally broke through with 21:26 remaining on a goal by Richard Moller. Andy Stroud settled the ball just outside the 18-yard line and Moller, a freshman from Germany, let loose with a hard shot that found the lower left corner of the net.

"After BU's first goal we were still trying, but after the second, it seemed we got a little tired," Moller said. "It's just too tough to come back against such a quality team."

The Tigers' comeback bid was blunted seven minutes later, as Francisco Tasende put back a rebound to give BU a 3-1 lead.

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