Aug. 13, 2012
NEWTON, Mass. - Senior Kyle Bekker scored a goal and assisted on another to lead the Boston College men's soccer team to a 2-0 exhibition win against Syracuse Monday afternoon at the Newton Campus Field.
Senior Charlie Rugg accounted for the second goal of the match in the 34th minute. Bekker played a part in two BC goals four separate times last season.
The Eagles controlled the ball for much of the first half and held a 6-1 advantage in shots. Syracuse managed the pace more in the second and had a 5-1 edge in those 45 minutes.
Bekker struck first for BC in the 11th minute. Senior Colin Murphy was shoved to the ground and drew a foul on the left side of the box. Bekker sent a pass near the net and amidst the crowd, no one was able to get a touch. The ball found the back of the net for the 1-0 BC lead.
The Bekker-Rugg connection made it a two-goal game in the 34th minute. Rugg began to make a run towards the offensive end when Bekker sent a perfectly paced back heel pass towards the box. Rugg outran the man marking him and beat the keeper for the second goal of the half.
The Orange picked up the intensity in the second half and maintained a lot of possession, but could not find the net. Five minutes after the opening whistle, Noah Rhynhart was making some moves with the ball in the box. He got tripped up and left the ball behind, but Stephen Krachie was right there to pick it up. He had an open shot on net, but his low blast just missed the left post.
Syracuse nearly got on the board at the 25 minute mark as Tony Asante had a breakaway in transition. Sophomore keeper Keady Segel came to meet him at the top of the box and forced a poor touch that went over the end line for a goal kick.
The Eagles travel to St. John's on Saturday for their second and final exhibition test. The regular season opens on Friday, August 24 at Quinnipiac.