No. 18 Men's Soccer Beats BU, 1-0
Oct. 18, 2011
BOSTON, Mass. - Junior Kyle Bekker scored the match's only goal in the 67th minute to lead the No. 18 Boston College men's soccer team to a 1-0 victory at Boston University Tuesday night at Nickerson Field.
The goal was Bekker's team-leading seventh of the season and it was the third time he scored in the last three games. He has accounted for each of the Eagles last three goals and has a team-high four game-winners. Junior Charlie Rugg was credited with the assist which was his fifth of the season - tied for the team lead.
Junior GK Justin Luthy made three saves in net to record his fifth shutout of the season. BU keeper Nick Thomson was credited with five saves.
Boston College controlled the pace of play through the first 15 minutes, but it was BU that got the first quality chance. Ben Berube was handling the ball deep in the offensive end to the left of the box and sent in a low cross. The ball found Cameron Souri with a defender on him, but his redirect went high.
The Eagles responded immediately with a great chance of their own on the other end. Bekker started the action at the top of the box with a pass to Rugg. A few defenders collapsed on Rugg who dumped a pass to his right to freshman Diego Medina-Mendez, but his shot went high of the mark.
The best chances in the half came in the final moments and belonged to Boston College. Rugg handled the ball at the top of the box and a through ball deflected off a defender and rolled slowly towards goal. The BU keeper and Medina-Mendez met in the middle and Medina-Mendez's shot was saved and resulted in a corner.
Senior Amit Aburmad took the corner and sent it in to Bekker at the 18-yard mark, but his shot barely missed to the right after beating the keeper.
The Eagles thought they scored the go-ahead goal five minutes into the second half after a corner kick. Bekker started the play and sent a pass into the box, and then sophomore Ryan Dunn headed it to the right post. Rugg leapt and headed it in, but a foul was called on BC to negate the score.
BC finally broke through in the 67th minute to take a 1-0 lead. Junior Kevin Mejia controlled the ball at the top of the box and fed Rugg to his left. A couple of BU defenders forced Rugg to pass to open space to Bekker who hit a rocket from 19 yards out, past a defender and into the lower right corner for the BC lead.
The Eagles did a good job controlling the ball after the goal to preserve the lead and had multiple chances to tack on another score. BC outshot the Terriers (7-7-0) 6-2 in the final 23 minutes and Thomson had to make three saves.
Boston College (10-4-0) returns to ACC action Saturday night when it hosts Duke at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field.