Men's Soccer and Harvard Play To 1-1 Draw
Oct. 2, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Senior Kevin Mejia tallied the equalizing goal in the 31st minute as the Boston College men's soccer team tied Harvard, 1-1, Tuesday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Mejia scored this third goal of the season and senior Charlie Rugg was credited with the assist. It is Rugg's fourth straight match with a point.
The Eagles outshot the Crimson, 12-9, and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Harvard wasted no time after the opening whistle and scored with just 1:21 expired on the clock. Ross Friedman held the ball deep in the right corner and turned to send a cross into the box. Hiroki Kobayasha was left unmarked and bounced a header into the net for the quick Harvard lead.
The Crimson nearly doubled its lead minutes later off of a corner kick. Kyle Henderson sent the ball into the box and it found a wide open Michael Innocenzi on the back post, but his uncontested header sailed high.
Boston College got its first chance to equalize nine minutes into the match when freshman Derrick Boateng fired a shot on net. Joe Festa was forced to make a diving save to keep the Harvard lead safe.
Senior Justin Luthy was tested further with 19:00 left in the half following a free kick from the Harvard defensive end. The free kick was cleared to the other end of the pitch and took a deceptive bounce over a BC defender. A pass sent the ball to the other side of the box and Jake Freeman took an open shot that was saved.
The Eagles got their equalizer in the 31st minute when Rugg made a nice pass to a streaking Mejia in the right side of the box. Mejia beat Festa to knot the game up heading into halftime.
The second half featured plenty of midfield possession but both sides had their chances. Mejia tried his hand at a second goal at 36:30 when he blasted a shot from 30 yards out that the keeper had to save. Harvard's Zack Wolfenson had the Crimson's best opportunity when a shot he took just passed outside the left post.
The best chance for either side came from the Eagles with 15:15 left in regulation. Luthy sent a goal kick that bounced and reached the Harvard goalie box. Boateng made a nice hustle play to keep the ball down there; then a Harvard player passed to his right inside the box. Rugg kept fighting for possession and stole the ball, then turned and fired a shot as he fell to the ground. The ball hit the crossbar and stayed out of the net.
Boston College was the only side to record a shot in the two overtime sessions - it had two in the first 10 minutes. Its best chance came when Mejia took a chance from 35 yards out in the 98th minute, but it sailed high and wide.
Luthy was credited with three saves while Festa had four for Harvard (1-5-3).
The Eagles (5-3-2) travel to Wake Forest on Saturday for a 12:30 p.m. match.