Oct. 11, 2011
NEWTON, Mass. - Junior Kyle Bekker scored a pair of first-half goals to lead the No. 14 Boston College men's soccer team to a 2-0 win against Harvard Tuesday afternoon at the Newton Campus Field.
The goals were Bekker's fifth and sixth of the season and it was his second two-goal performance of the year. Juniors Kevin Mejia and Charlie Rugg assisted on the first BC goal. Junior goalkeeper Justin Luthy had to make three saves to earn the sixth shutout of the season by the Eagles.
Boston College took control early in the game by scoring on the first shot of the match in the sixth minute. The offense patiently controlled the ball in its half of the field and then a couple of quality touches by Rugg and Mejia gave Bekker an open look. He sent the shot in from the top of the box and beat the keeper to the right for the 1-0 BC lead.
Harvard had a couple of quality chances in the first half to tie the match but failed to convert. BC turned the ball over in the offensive end 12 minutes after the goal and gave the Crimson a breakaway down the pitch. Brian Rogers found a streaking Connor McCarthy in full sprint to his left at the top of the box, but his shot was just right of the goal.
The Crimson (2-8-1) had another good opportunity to equalize the game near the 22 minute mark on the clock. Ross Friedman sent in a hard cross from the right side and A.J. Agha redirected it with his head to the left of Luthy, but he came up with a nice save to preserve the lead.
BC increased its lead to two goals with 4:44 left in the first half. Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez found junior Isaac Taylor on the right side of the pitch and he sent a cross into the box. The Harvard keeper dove from his line and deflected it away, but not from danger. Bekker got to it and put a shot on net, bouncing off a defender and across the goal line for the 2-0 cushion.
The Eagles kept Harvard at bay in the second half, allowing just three shots and one on goal. BC controlled the pace of play late in the match, firing off five shots in the final 10 minutes of play.
Boston College (9-3-0) travels to South Carolina on Friday night to face Clemson at Historic Riggs Field.