1996 Game Review
September 1, 1996
Boston University 2, Boston College 1
(0-1) Junior Midfielder Asgeir Asgeirsson scored BC's only goal in the 75th minute of play, as two Terrier scores right before intermission were enough to drop the visiting Eagles in the season opener played at Nickerson Field.
BC entered the contest ranked second in New England and 17th in the nation by Soccer News. Asgeirsson's tally was unassisted, and junior goalkeeper Derick Cividini made six saves for the Eagles.
September 7, 1996
New England Ford Dealers Classic
(0-2) Asgeir Asgeirsson scored his second second-half goal in as many games, but two USF goals before intermission staked the Dons to victory in a rainy opening game of the UConn/New England Ford Dealers Classic at Storrs, Conn. Senior midfielders Keiron O'Brien and Anthony Buckley each notched an assist on the Eagles' goal. Derick Cividini made nine stops in the BC net.
September 8, 1996
Saint Mary's 5, Boston College 2
(0-3) Saint Mary's scored on five of its 10 shots, as BC suffered the defeat in Game 3 of the UConn/New England Ford Dealers Classic at Storrs, Conn. Eagle goals from rookie defenseman Andrew Stein and Asgeir Asgeirsson in a span of eight minutes midway through the second frame whittled the Gaels' lead to 3-2. But SMC shut the door with two late-game tallies. Senior halfback Paulo Jorge Neves starred with two assists for the Eagles, and Asgeirsson and sophomore midfielder Keith McDonald garnered All-Tournament honors.
September 11, 1996
Univ. of Hartford 4, Boston College 1
(0-4) The game knotted 1-1 at half, Hartford collected three second-half goals to spoil the Eagles' home opener at Shea Field. Sophomore forward Chris Lynch gave BC an early 1-0 advantage at 19:03, taking the assist from Asgeir Asgeirsson. In a battle of attrition in which the two teams totaled 41 fouls, Derek Cidivini and senior Chris Bauer split the goaltending duties, each making two saves.
September 14, 1996
Boston College 1, Pittsburgh 0
(1-4, 1-0) Senior back Daryl Gioffre's goal in the sixth minute stood as the game's only score, as BC won its first of the season over the Panthers at Bowditch Field in Framingham, Mass. Keiron O'Brien picked up the assist. Goalie Chris Bauer turned back all four Pitt shots to earn the shutout.
September 20, 1996
Boston College 2, Villanova 2 (OT)
(1-4-1, 1-0-1) Junior defenseman Mat Dunn scored off an Asgeir Asgeirsson assist in the 86th minute at Shea Field, sending the game to overtime, where neither the Wildcats nor Eagles could pull out the win. Junior forward Willie O'Keeffe scored BC's first goal of the game, taking a pass from sophomore midfielder Keith McDonald and putting it in the back of the Villanova net. BC outshot the visiting Wildcats, 11-7.
September 22, 1996
Rutgers 3, Boston College 1
(1-5-1, 1-1-1) Rutgers senior star forward Michael Shaw scored two first-half goals to lead the unbeaten Scarlet Knights to the road win at Shea Field. Rookie defender Paul Cornoni cut the Eagle deficit in half, collecting an unassisted goal at 57:51. A third Rutgers tally nine minutes later squashed the BC comeback, sending the Eagles to their fifth loss in seven games. BC outshot the Scarlet Knights 13-9, and took eight corner kicks to Rutgers' five.
September 28, 1996
Georgetown 1, Boston College 0
(1-6-1, 1-2-1) The Hoyas' Greg Dillard scored in just the fourth minute, which proved enough to top the Eagles at Bowditch Field. After playing against the wind and being outshot 5-1 in the first half, BC made a serious comeback bid in the second, taking eight shots to Georgetown's four. But ultimately, the Eagles could not solve Hoya netminder Tyler Purtill, who made five saves. BC's Derek Cividini countered with one save.
October 5, 1996
Boston College 4, Seton Hall 4 (OT)
(1-6-2, 1-2-2) Boston College kicked off a six-game road swing in a high-scoring affair with Seton Hall in front of a crowd of 800 at Owen T. Carroll Field in South Orange, N.J. Willie O'Keeffe scored two goals for the Eagles, while Daryl Gioffre and Keiron O'Brien each added one. Senior forward Paul Johnston had two assists, and Asgeir Asgeirsson notched another. O'Keeffe scored at 98:37 in the first overtime period to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead, but the Pirates rebounded with a goal in the 114th minute.
October 9, 1996
Harvard 4, Boston College 1
(1-7-2) Willie O'Keeffe scored in the 75th minute off a pass from Asgeir Asgeirsson, as Boston College managed to avoid a shutout against Harvard at Ohiri Field in Cambridge. The Crimson, ranked 20th in the nation, moved to 7-1. Chris Bauer turned in a workmanlike effort in the Eagle net, making nine saves on 24 Harvard shots. BC had eight shots and six corner kicks.
October 12, 1996
Boston College 1, West Virginia 1 (OT)
(1-7-3, 1-2-3) After playing 112 minutes of scoreless soccer, both Boston College and West Virginia scored on penalty kicks in the second overtime of a defensive stalemate, as the two teams settled for a 1-1 draw at Morgantown, W.Va. Paul Johnston scored for the Eagles at 112:17, while WVU's Riku Him answered five minutes later. Chris Bauer and Derek Cividini each saw time in the Eagle net, with Bauer making all six saves.
October 18, 1996
Boston College 1, Syracuse 0
(2-7-3, 2-2-3) Upset-minded BC picked up its second victory in dramatic fashion when Paul Johnston made good on a free kick just outside of the goal box in the 77th minute at Colvin Park in Syracuse, N.Y. The loss dropped the favored Orangemen to 7-5-1, 4-4 in the BIG EAST. Chris Bauer made six saves to notch his second shutout of the season.
October 20, 1996
St. John's 1, Boston College 0
(2-8-3, 2-3-3) Pavel Krakowiak beat Eagle keeper Chris Bauer off a corner kick from six yards out in the 15th minute, and St. John's held on for the tight 1-0 win in front of 675 at DaSizua Field in New York, N.Y. SJU and BC each took five shots, and the Red Storm took seven corner kicks to the Eagles' three. Paul Johnston led BC with three shots, and Bauer made two saves.
October 24, 1996
Boston College 3, Providence 3 (OT)
(2-8-4, 2-3-4) Providence doubled up BC in the shot department, 20-10, but the Eagles survived at Providence, R.I., concluding their nearly three-week string of road contests. Willie O'Keeffe collected the contest's first goal, deflecting a low cross from Asgeir Asgeirsson into the Friar net at 39:51, but PC responded with two straight tallies.
Asgeirsson tied it in the 71st minute, and O'Keeffe put BC up 3-2 in the first overtime. But a Providence header with five minutes remaining in OT forced the Eagles to settle for the tie. Senior midfielder Sean Yokota assisted on BC's final two tallies, and Chris Bauer amassed a season-high 11 saves.
October 30, 1996
Connecticut 2, Boston College 0
(2-9-4, 2-4-4) Boston College suffered its third shutout of the season, as UConn used a pair of second-half goals to win the conference clash in front of 382 at Bowditch Field. The 16th-ranked Huskies outshot the Eagles 19-7. In an extremely challenging assignment, Chris Bauer made six saves in the Eagle cage.
November 3, 1996
Boston College 1, Notre Dame 0
(3-9-4, 3-4-4) In the regular-season finale, Boston College earned a spot in the conference tournament by defeating Notre Dame at Bowditch Field. Paul Johnston paced the Eagles, scoring the lone goal on the day just before halftime. BC goalkeeper Chris Bauer, who recorded all three of the team's wins in shutout form, made seven saves on 13 Irish shots. The Eagles' offensive attack also produced 13 shots.
November 9, 1996
St. John's 1, Boston College 0 (OT)
(3-10-4, 3-4-4) For the second time in less than three weeks, the tough-luck Eagles lost at national powerhouse St. John's. In a BIG EAST quarterfinal matchup, the top-seeded Red Storm - ranked fourth in the nation in the Coaches' poll and eighth by Soccer America - needed overtime to finally shed BC, as all-conference second-teamer Stefani Miglioranzi put in the game-winner from five yards out in the 100th minute of action. The Red Storm lost in the next round to Rutgers, 3-2 on penalty kicks, but then embarked on a magical postseason journey, capturing the NCAA title in early December.