Ager Leads Men's Soccer Past BU In Opener, 2-1
Aug 30, 2013
BOSTON - Senior Chris Ager scored both Boston College goals - including the game-winner with 34 seconds left in the first overtime - to lead the men's soccer team past Boston University, 2-1, on Friday night at Nickerson Field.
It was the first time in his career that Ager scored two goals in the same match. Junior Diego Medina-Mendez assisted on his first score while sophomore Derrick Boateng and freshman Zeiko Lewis helped out on the second.
Boston College earned a corner kick as the scoreboard hit a minute on the clock in the first overtime. Lewis kicked the ball in play to Boateng right in front of him. Boateng fed Lewis right back and he sent a cross into the box. Ager was waiting at the far post and he poured it in for the win.
Junior Keady Segel made two saves in his first career start.
The Eagles seemed to spend the better part of the first half on the attack but could not come away with a score. Junior Cole DeNormandie had a great chance in the opening minutes when a pass found him open on the right side. He went one-on-one with the keeper but the goalie made the stop.
Boateng created havoc for the first 45 and provided a couple of quality opportunities. He produced a chance for DeNormandie at the 36:00 minute mark when he sent a low cross into the box, but a BU defender got there at the last minute to knock it out of play.
A few minutes later, Boateng crossed up a defender with his footwork and found an open shot, but the BU keeper, Matt Gilbert, made another nice save to keep the Eagles scoreless.
The Terriers rewarded Gilbert with a goal in the 16th minute. Following another BC chance, Gilbert sent a long kick to the opposite end of the pitch. The ball bounced a few times while Ali Sozeri and a BC defender fought for position, but Sozeri eventually won and fired a shot into the left side netting to give BU the lead.
The Eagles wasted no time after the second half whistle and scored the equalizer just 2:30 in. Freshman Isaac Normesinu stole the ball at midfield which eventually led to a BC corner kick. Medina-Mendez sent a cross in from the left side and Ager's header found the net to tie it up.
Both teams had quality chances to score the game-winner down the stretch. Lewis made a run down the middle of the field with 31 minutes left and tried to flick a shot over Gilbert, but he got his hands on it to keep it out. DeNormandie redirected a Normesinu cross that Gilbert touched with 6:45 left, but Gilbert had to make a second effort to keep the ball from rolling past the line.
BU had a couple of chances as well, including a blast by Fannar Arnarsson that nailed the crossbar a minute after DeNormandie's near miss.
Gilbert recorded seven saves on the night for BU (0-1-0) and assisted on the goal.
The Eagles (1-0-0) make their debut at the Newton Campus Field on Monday when they host Quinnipiac at 5 p.m.