Men's Soccer Beats NC State, 2-1
Sept. 28, 2012
NEWTON, Mass. - Senior Charlie Rugg recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Boston College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win against NC State Friday night on a rain-soaked Newton Campus Field.
It is the second straight match that Rugg has recorded at least one goal and one assist. He has nine points in the last three matches and now leads the team with four goals and 11 points. Senior Stefan Carter scored his first goal of the season and sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez assisted on both scores.
Boston College held a 13-6 advantage in shots and a 13-5 lead in corner kicks.
The first half was played mainly in the midfield, but BC seemed to control most of the possession. The Eagles' offense got more aggressive and came up with a lot of chances with 13 minutes left in the half. Freshman Jason Abbott started things when he sent a blast in from 21 yards out, forcing the keeper to make a diving save. Moments later, Medina-Mendez sent a cross into the box from the left side. Rugg got a head to the ball and directed it toward goal, but the keeper again swept it over the crossbar.
NC State's best chance came with a minute to play when a player was fouled 25 yards away from the goal. Alex Martinez sent a bending free kick into the box. It bounced once on the wet surface and Moritz Steidten redirected it, but right at Luthy who made the nice stop.
All four of BC's first half shots were on goal and it had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Boston College offense controlled the pace in the second half and it finally paid off in the 62nd minute. On the sixth corner kick of the half, Bekker stood over the ball and sent a bender into the box. Rugg took a shot on goal that was saved and the ball bounced left. Medina-Mendez got a touch on it, but Carter finally put it home amidst a crowd to give BC the lead.
Less than four minutes later, Medina-Mendez used his speed to come up with a surprising steal between two Wolfpack players. He continued on to make a great run down the right side of the pitch, then sent a low cross into the box. Rugg was streaking down the middle and redirected the ball into the back of the net for what proved to be the game-winner.
BC had a couple of more chances to score, but it was NC State who put the pressure on in the end. With the ball in the midfield, Moss Jackson-Atogi decided to send a deep ball into the other half of the field. Monbo Bokar made a run at the ball and got ahead of the defense, then beat senior Justin Luthy to cut the deficit in half in the 86th minute, 2-1. NC State would threaten but could not get any further, and BC hung on for its first ACC win.
Luthy was credited with two saves for BC (5-3-1, 1-1-1 ACC) while Fabian Otte made seven for the Wolfpack (7-4-0, 0-3-0).
The Eagles travel to nearby Cambridge to take on Harvard on October 2.