Oct. 10, 2012
NEWTON, Mass. - Senior Kyle Bekker scored his first goal of the season in the 95th minute to lead the Boston College men's soccer team past Dartmouth in overtime, 1-0, on Wednesday night at the Newton Campus Field.
Neither side could score a goal in 90 minutes of regulation, but it only took 4:39 of overtime to settle the match. Following a Dartmouth foul on the right side of the pitch, freshman Jason Abbott set up for a free kick. He sent a cross into the near side of the box. Bekker jumped and got a head on it, redirecting it to the back post for the game-winner.
It was Abbott's third assist of the season. Senior Justin Luthy was credited with three saves in goal for his third shutout of the year. He has not allowed a goal in the last 293:18.
Most of the first half was played in the midfield, but both sides had their chances to score. Each team came up with six shots. BC recorded the first shot on goal in the 16th minute when senior Charlie Rugg sent a pass into the box to an awaiting Abbott. The freshman took a shot from short range, but his attempt was saved.
Dartmouth's best opportunity came at the 18:40 mark of the half. Gabe Hoffman-Johnson handled the ball at the top of the box and passed to Colin Hefron to his left. Hefron played the ball at the corner of the six-yard box then sent a shot over Luthy and the crossbar.
The Eagles nearly scored with a minute left when Bekker passed to sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez in a crowded box. Medina-Mendez redirected towards the goal, but Noah Cohen came up with his second save of the night to send the match into the half without a score.
The second half began with end-to-end action and featured three shots in the first three minutes. Two of those shots were made by BC, but none threatened the goal. Midway through the half, BC had a great chance to score when Bekker sent a corner into the box. Rugg and junior Nick Corliss
were both there to redirect, but were a second too late to the ball.
With 16:00 left in regulation, a BC foul set up a Dartmouth free kick at the top of the box from 19 yards out. Kevin Dzierzawski set up for the kick and fired a shot. The ball beat the wall, but Luthy made a diving save to his left to keep the Big Green off the board.
The Eagles had three more quality chances to score in regulation but could not finish. The only one on goal came with just 1:48 left. Rugg led a transition attack on the left side and sent a low cross into the box. Abbott was there to take a shot on goal, but the Dartmouth keeper kept it out and sent the match into overtime.
Dartmouth won a corner kick just over a minute into the overtime period but could not convert. Dzierzawski sent the ball into the box to an unmarked Brad Jacobson on the near post. He put a foot to the ball but his shot sailed wide of the post. Bekker ended the match minutes later.
Cohen was credited with four saves for Dartmouth (5-6-0).
Boston College (7-3-2) is back in action on Saturday when it hosts Clemson at 7 p.m. in Newton.