Men's Soccer And Quinnipiac Play To 2-2 Draw
Sep 2, 2013
NEWTON, Mass. - Junior Cole DeNormandie scored twice in the second half to help the Boston College men's soccer team earn a 2-2 draw against Quinnipiac on Labor Day at the Newton Campus Field.
DeNormandie's two goals came less than three minutes apart in the second half with the Eagles trailing by two goals. They were the first two goals of his BC career. Freshman Isaac Normesinu provided both assists for his first collegiate points.
The first half saw a lot of action in the midfield with a combined seven shots. Quinnipiac struck first in the 12th minute. Sam Nicol sent a nice pass through the defense that found a streaking Machel Baker in the right side of the box. Baker took a touch and then ripped a shot that junior Keady Segel got a hand on, but there was too much pace to stop it from reaching the net.
A little over six minutes later, Simon Hinde delivered a spot-on pass from midfield to Baker at the top of the goalie box. Baker got in front of a defender and was tripped up, forcing the referee to award the Bobcats a penalty kick. Hinde took the shot and gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
BC nearly got on the board with 23 minutes on the clock when sophomore Derrick Boateng and freshman Zeiko Lewis were passing between each other on the left side. Boateng found an opening and took a shot that hit the crossbar and went out of play.
The second half and overtimes were controlled by Boston College. The Eagles held a 14-2 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in corner kicks in the final 65 minutes.
The Bobcats did almost add to the lead before BC's goals. Baker made a great first touch on a pass to free himself up for a shot on the right side. He sent a low ball toward net that beat the keeper but hit the post.
The Eagles then took control of the match and got their first goal in the 59th minute. Normesinu delivered a nice pass to DeNormandie on the right side of the box. He ripped a shot from that side and beat the keeper to cut the deficit in half.
Less than three minutes later, Normesinu sent a cross into the box from the right side and DeNormandie got his head on it to notch the equalizer.
The best chance for the game-winner may have come in the second overtime. Lewis was taken down just outside the top left corner of the box to earn a dangerous free kick with five minutes left. He took the shot, but the keeper made a nice save to keep the match deadlocked.
Borja Angoitia made six saves for the Bobcats (0-1-1).
The Eagles (1-0-1) will host No. 17 Wake Forest on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field in the ACC opener.