Eagles Receive Tournament's Top Seed After Earning ACC Regular Season Title
Nov. 13, 2007
No. 1 Seed
Boston College earned the top seed for the league's postseason tournament after finishing the regular season with a record of 7-1-0. Boston College will play the winner of Virginia (1-5-2) and NC State (1-6-1) on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. at the SAS Soccer Complex in Cary, N.C. The four-day ACC Tournament opens with the eight-seed Cavaliers facing ninth-seeded NC State on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. Quarterfinal action will continue on Friday, Nov. 16 with games slated at 5:30 and 8 p.m. The championship game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18.
All games are available online through ACCSelect.com, while the championship game will be nationally-televised on Fox Sports Net.
BC In The Tar Heel State
The Eagles are returning to the state of North Carolina for the third time in the last three months. BC made its first trip to the Tar Heel State in late September and it earned a 2-1 overtime victory over North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In that game, junior Alejandro Bedoya tied the score late in regulation and Mike Konicoff netted the game-winning goal 37 seconds into the overtime session. Thirteen days later (on Oct. 5), the team returned to face Duke in Durham and Bedoya scored twice, Konicoff scored once and fullback Paul Gerstenberger also scored to lead BC to a 4-2 win over the No. 4 Blue Devils at Kostican Stadium.
First ACC Regular-season Champions
With its 3-1 home win over No. 4 Virginia Tech on Friday night (Nov. 9), BC men's soccer secured the school's first ACC Championship since Boston College officially became the 12th member of the conference in July of 2005. The Eagles finished 0-6-2 in 2005, went 3-3-2 last fall and earned the regular-season title in 2007 after finishing with a ACC mark of 7-1-0.
Bedoya, Kelly Earn Individual Conference Awards; Boston College Places Six Players On All-ACC Teams
Boston College head coach Ed Kelly earned Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year honors while junior midfielder Alejandro Bedoya captured the league's Offensive Player of the Year accolade and the Eagles' soccer team placed a total of six players on the All-ACC first-, second- and Freshman teams. Bedoya, a Weston, Fla., resident, posted 74 shots, seven goals, including four game-winning scores, in 17 games this fall, while junior midfielder Reuben Ayarna joined Bedoya on the All-ACC First Team after recording 13 points -- two goals and a team-high nine assists -- in 17 games. Junior goalkeeper Chris Brown and senior striker Sherron Manswell earned All-Conference Second-Team recognition. In addition, freshmen Shawn Chin and Karl Reddick captured All-ACC Freshman Team honors.
BC In Brief
BC finished the regular-season with a 12-4-1 overall record, including a 7-1-0 mark in league play. The Eagles earned home conference victories over Maryland, NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
Six-foot-six-inch junior Chris Brown has played all but 18 minutes in goal for the Eagles this season. Brown has also recorded seven shutouts, including two in conference action. He owns a record of 12-4-1, a 0.70 goals against average and a .800 save percentage. The Pleasant Hill, Calif., native ranks third in the ACC -- behind Wake Forest's Brian Edwards and Maryland's Will Swain -- in goals against average. He has registered seven shutouts and allowed more than one goal in a game just twice -- in a 2-1 home loss to Quinnipiac and a 4-2 victory at Duke -- this season. Brown's seven shutouts in 2007 rank second in the ACC behind Edwards, who has totaled nine shutouts for the Demon Deacons.
Manswell Earns ACC Player of the Week Honors
Boston College senior striker Sherron Manswell earned ACC Player of the Week honors on Nov. 12 after he recorded five points -- two goals and one assist -- in BC's victory over No. 8 Virginia Tech on Friday night. Manswell scored his seventh and eighth goals of the season in the second half to snap a 1-1 tie and lift BC to the victory. The honor marks the second time this season that Manswell has earned ACC Player of the Week recognition. He previously captured the conference distinction on Sept. 18, after he scored two goals to lead the Eagles to the 2-0 home victory over No. 7 Maryland.
Ed Kelly is in his 23rd season as a head coach and his 20th season (1988 - present) at Boston College; he spent three years (1985 - 1987) at Seton Hall. Kelly enters the 2007 ACC Tournament with a 220-161-41 career record, including a 180-148-35 mark at Boston College. BC's all-time winningest soccer coach and the 2002 Soccer America National Coach of the Year, Kelly has guided the Eagles to five NCAA Tournament appearances (1990, 2000, `01, `02, `04), highlighted by a berth in the Elite Eight in 2002, and four conference tournament championships. In 2007, BC's third year as a member of the ACC, Kelly guided the Eagles to a 7-0-1 mark in conference play and the league's regular-season title. Kelly has twice earned NSCAA New England Regional Coach of the Year honors (2000 & `02), has earned Big East Conference Coach of the Year recognition four times (1989, `90, 2000, and `02) and captured the ACC Coach of the Year honor in the team's third season in the league.
Kelly And Conference Tournaments
Head coach Ed Kelly has led his teams to five conference tournament titles with each crown coming in Big East Tournament play. He guided Seton Hall to two Big East Tournament titles (1986 and 1987) in his three years as head coach of the Pirates and led BC to three Big East Tournament crowns (1990, 2000 and 2002) before joining the ACC in 2005. The Eagles are searching for their first ACC Tournament victory. The 2005 team fell to Wake Forest, while last year's BC team lost to Maryland in double overtime.
The Coaching Staff Assistant coach Kevin Anderson is in his second season on the BC staff. Anderson is a five-year veteran of Major League Soccer and was named one of College Soccer News' Top 20 Assistant Coaches of the Year last fall. He came to BC after spending two years as an assistant coach at Columbia. As a player, Anderson captured All-America first-team honors while leading Southern Connecticut State University to the 1992 national title. He enjoyed a 10-year (1993-2003) professional playing career, including two years with the Colorado Rapids and three years with the Tampa Bay Mutiny of the MLS.
Assistant coach Robbie Mustoe, a longtime English soccer star who spent the 2006 season as an assistant at Bentley College, is in his first season as a member of the BC coaching staff. Mustoe enjoyed a stellar 18-year professional career in England. He spent 12 seasons (1990-2001) with Middlesbrough in the English Premier League. He played in all three of the club's Webley finals.
BC Against Ranked Opponents
Boston College has a record of 6-1-0 against ranked opponents this season, having defeated No. 14 Fairfield (2-0), No. 6 Maryland (2-0), No. 4 Duke (4-2), No. 8 Virginia (2-1), No. 1 Wake Forest (1-0) and No. 8 Virginia Tech (3-1). The team's lone loss was against No. 14 Brown (1-0) on Oct. 10 in overtime.
Eagles No. 2 In RPI Rankings
Boston College is ranked second in the NCAA RPI poll, jumping one spot from the previous rankings that were released on Oct. 15. The rankings of all 202 teams were generated on Tuesday, Oct. 30. Wake Forest, which suffered a 1-0 loss to Boston College on Saturday, Oct. 27, remains in the top spot in the RPI. BC is one of seven Atlantic Coast Conference schools that are ranked in the RPI's top 25 along with No. 9 Virginia Tech, No. 14 Maryland, No. 20 Virginia, No. 21 North Carolina and No. 25 Duke.
The Eagles' defense has allowed 11 goals in 17 games, an average of 0.67 goals per game. That mark ranks second in the conference. Boston College has held its opponents to one goal or fewer in 15 of its 17 games this season, including seven shutouts -- Boston University (Sept. 1), No. 17 Fairfield (Sept. 7), No. 8 Maryland (Sept. 15), Maine (Sept. 18), Yale (Sept. 26), Dartmouth (Oct. 24) and Wake Forest (Oct. 27).
Last Time Out
Senior forward Sherron Manswell scored two second-half goals to give sixth-ranked Boston College a 3-1 conference victory over eighth-ranked Virginia Tech before 702 fans at Newton Campus Field on Friday night. Manswell broke a 1-1 tie with his left foot at 55:53, then doubled the Eagles' lead with a header off Reuben Ayarna's free kick at 81:47 for the school's first championship in the ACC. Junior Alejandro Bedoya recorded two assists in the match and also attempted a game-high five shots, of which three were saved by Aigner and a fourth rocketed off the left post at 24:05.