Sept. 5, 2008
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Senior Greg O'Neil netted the decisive goal -- the only score of the match and the first goal of his collegiate career -- to lift No.2 Boston College to a 1-0 victory over non-conference opponent Villanova in BC's first of two games at the adidas-Brown Classic.
O'Neil one-timed a bouncing ball with his left foot from outside the 18-yard box past Villanova goalkeeper Chris Bresnahan (two saves) and inside the far post at 78:42, just more than one minute after coming off the bench and into the game.
BC (2-1-0), which will face St. John's on Sunday, Sept. 7 at noontime at Brown's Stevenson Field, enjoyed an 11-9 advantage in shots in the match, including a 6-2 edge in the first 45 minutes of action.
Villanova had perhaps its best scoring chance just minutes after O'Neil's goal. Chris Christian blasted a right-footed kick from 10 yards over the crossbar.
O'Neil's gamewinner came after several second-half scoring opportunities for BC. Senior Mike Konicoff settled a cross with his left foot, then released a curling shot with the inside of his right foot just wide of the far post midway through the half.
Senior goalkeeper Chris Brown registered one save to earn his second victory - and first shutout - of the season (2-1-0). Brown has amassed 21 career wins, ranking fourth on the school's all-time career wins list.
Next, Boston College faces St. John's on Sunday at 12 p.m., in Providence.
Game Notes: Alejandro Bedoya made his 2008 debut, starting at midfield after he missed the first two games of the season because of injury. Bedoya, who broke the BC single-season record for shots last fall (86), registered a team-high three shots in the match ... With the goal, O'Neil has now registered nine points - one goal and seven assists - in 44 career games ... Villanova held an 8-3 advantage in corner kicks in the game.