Sept. 22, 2007
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Chapel Hill, N.C. - Junior Alejandro Bedoya tied the score late in regulation and midfielder Mike Konicoff netted the game-winning goal 37 seconds into overtime as No. 13 Boston College men's soccer improved its conference record to 2-0 with a 2-1 overtime victory at North Carolina on Saturday night.
With just more than three minutes left in regulation, Jeremiah Gallington was tackled on the far left side of the field and Reuben Ayarna lofted a curling, left-footed free kick to the opposite side that Bedoya one-timed with his right foot past North Carolina goalkeeper Tyler Deric for the game-tying score.
Bedoya and the Eagles continued to pressure North Carolina in the closing minutes of regulation and wasted very little time in overtime.
Bedoya controlled the ball in North Carolina territory and sent a left-footed through ball to Konicoff, who dribbled once and beat Deric to his left side for the sudden victory goal just 37 seconds into the overtime period.
"Overall, this could be the biggest win in the history of our program," head coach Ed Kelly said. "I am very pleased with the team's effort. We were down, scored with three minutes left and then got a second goal very fast to win the game. I think it really showed what we're made of."
Boston College (5-1-0), which earned a 2-0 home victory over Maryland last Saturday and defeated Maine in non-league play on Tuesday, has won each of its last four games. The team has allowed just one goal during this stretch.
Trailing by one goal - by UNC's Michael Callahan in the 23-minute mark - the Eagles had numerous scoring opportunities but failed to convert until the 86th minute.
Just one minute into the second half, Konicoff fed senior Sherron Manswell, whose left-footed shot on goal was redirected over the crossbar by a North Carolina defender. Six minutes later, Ayarna blasted a loose ball wide to the right with his left foot.
Junior goalkeeper Chris Brown registered four saves in 90:37 to capture the win. He recorded a point-blank save on North Carolina's Bill Dworsky with 10 minutes left in the game.
Deric finished with six saves in the losing effort.
The Tar Heels fall to 2-2-3 overall and 1-1-0 in ACC play.
No. 13 Boston College will host Yale in non-conference action on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Newton Campus Field. The game, which will be broadcast live at accselect.com, is set to begin at 4 p.m.