Sixth-Ranked Men's Soccer Defeats Duke, 4-2; Improves ACC Mark To 4-0-0
Oct. 5, 2007
Durham, N.C. - Junior midfielder Alejandro Bedoya scored twice while midfielder Mike Konicoff and fullback Paul Gerstenberger each scored one goal to lead sixth-ranked Boston College to a 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference road victory over fourth-ranked Duke before 1,566 fans at Kostican Stadium.
BC improves its league record to 4-0-0 and is unbeaten in its last seven games (6-0-1). The team is now 7-1-1 overall.
The Eagles scored twice in each 45-minute half en route to the victory.
Bedoya struck first, scoring in just the sixth minute of play. The Weston, Fla., native headed a rebound off his own shot for his first of two goals on the night. Freshman Karl Reddick assisted on the score.
Gerstenberger increased the BC lead to two goals at 32:18 off a direct kick from 35 yards. Reddick had been fouled after the host Blue Devils thwarted a prime scoring opportunity, clearing a shot heading into the goal out of danger. As Reddick pursued the ball, he was taken down which set the stage for Gerstenberger.
Duke (7-3-0, 2-1-0) cut the lead in half just before halftime - at 42:53 - on a goal from Cole Grossman who finished a nice touch pass with a left-footed kick from 10-yards out.
After the Blue Devils evened the score - at 2-2 - five minutes into the second half, Bedoya netted the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute.
Bedoya was fouled deep in Duke territory and, on the ensuing free kick, he deflected Gerstenberger's left-footed shot past Duke goalkeeper Justin Papadakis (eight saves) for the score. The goal marked his sixth goal of the season.
BC outshot Duke, 18-12, including a 13-5 advantage in second half. The Eagles also enjoyed a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.
Junior goalkeeper Chris Brown finished with three saves on the day, including an outstretched diving stop off a Mike Grella shot in the 65th minute.
Boston College, which is ranked No. 6 according to Soccer America and is No. 19 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll, returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at Brown. The non-league match will kickoff at 7 p.m.