Sept. 25, 2012
NEWTON, Mass. - Senior Charlie Rugg and freshman Derrick Boateng both scored two goals and had an assist to lead the Boston College men's soccer team to a 4-2 victory against Rhode Island Tuesday afternoon at the Newton Campus Field.
Both Rugg and Boateng established career highs with five points. Rugg matched a career best with his two goals while Boateng has scored all three of his collegiate goals in the last two matches.
Sophomore Christian Johnson added two assists for the Eagles - his first career points at BC. Senior Kyle Bekker, junior Chris Ager and freshman Jason Abbott were also credited with assists. Freshman Alex Kapp started the match in goal and played the first half, saving one shot and not allowing a goal.
Boston College jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first 45 minutes. BC took control early in the match and quickly scored in the 11th minute. Abbott found Boateng, who went to his right to find Rugg sitting inside the six-yard box unmarked. Rugg received the pass and fired it into the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.
The Eagles posted their second goal in the 28th minute when Johnson found a streaking Rugg on the right side of the pitch. Rugg battled a defender and tried to sneak a shot under the keeper, but he got a piece of it to slow it down. The ball trickled toward the goal line as Boateng and a defender raced to it. Both players slid for the ball and Boateng won the battle as the ball found the goal to make it 2-0.
Boateng nearly made it a three goal lead with just less than 10 minutes to play. Kapp booted a goal kick deep into the attacking third. Boateng found himself open after the ball bounced twice and took it downfield. The goalie came out toward the top of the box and Boateng fired a shot, but the keeper made a nice diving save to keep the ball from getting past him.
Rugg notched the third goal of the match in the 37th minute. Ager started the transition from the back line when he sent a pass to Bekker at midfield. He turned and found Rugg making a run down the middle of the pitch, who easily beat the drawn out keeper for the 3-0 halftime lead.
The Eagles owned a 10-3 advantage in shots in the first half.
Rhode Island controlled the pace early in the second half and scored after six minutes expired. Ross Morison and Matt Ribbens found an open Mike Casey on the left side of the box, who put a shot away to make it a 3-1 contest.
BC got the goal back seven minutes later following a Rams miscue. Johnson stole an errant pass in the offensive half of the field and chipped a pass to a streaking Boateng to his left. Boateng did the rest and beat the keeper to push the lead back to three goals.
URI continued to test the Eagles' defense and with 29:02 left in the match, Ribbens fired a shot from 25 yards out. Senior Justin Luthy leapt and made the save with his hands to keep the ball out of the net. The Rams cut the deficit in half when Thomas Lindroos was left wide open on the left side of the box. He put a shot away in the 70th minute to make it a 4-2 game, but that is as close as Rhode Island got.
URI (1-5-2) goalkeepers combined for seven saves on the night, including four in the first half by Thomas Spencer. Adam Blanchard stopped three shots and allowed one second-half goal.
Boston College (4-3-1) returns to league action when it hosts NC State on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field.