Oct. 19, 2012
DURHAM, N.C. - Senior Stefan Carter scored the only goal of the match in the 71st minute to lead the Boston College men's soccer team to a 1-0 win at Duke Friday night at Koskinen Stadium.
It was Carter's second goal of the season. Senior Kyle Bekker was credited with the assist which was his fourth of the year - tied for the team lead. Senior Justin Luthy recorded four saves for his fifth shutout of the season; and the fourth in the last five matches.
BC is now 2-0-1 in ACC road matches this season.
The Eagles got a great chance five minutes after the opening whistle. Senior Charlie Rugg was taken down just outside the box and BC was rewarded a free kick. Bekker stood over the ball for the set piece and took a shot around the wall. Duke's James Belshaw had to make a diving save to keep BC off the board.
There were only two other shots on goal in the first half - one for both sides. Riley Wolfe tested Luthy for the first time of the night in the 19th minute, then Belshaw made his second save on a Carter attempt two minutes later.
Duke seemed to control the early going of the second half after junior Chris Ager recorded the first shot on a quick BC corner kick. The Blue Devils had four shots and two corners in a 12-minute span after BC's initial threat.
The Eagles finally broke the scoreless tie in the 71st minute. Bekker controlled the ball on a breakaway and sent a through ball to a streaking Carter in the middle of the pitch. Belshaw came off his line to the top of the box to cut down the angle, but Carter slipped a shot under him to put BC ahead.
The Blue Devils pressured for the equalizer as they took six of the final eight shots, but they could not force overtime. With 15 minutes left, Jonathan Aguirre handled the ball inside the right side of the box and dished to Sean Davis. Luthy sprinted off his line to deflect the shot wide.
Duke (5-7-1, 2-4-1 ACC) had another solid attempt when it was given a free kick near midfield with nine minutes remaining. A pass was lobbed into the box that Sebastien Ibeagha headed towards goal. Luthy backpedaled and was able to get to the shot in time to punch it over the crossbar and keep BC's lead safe.
The Eagles (8-4-3, 3-1-2) take a week off and host Virginia next Friday at 7 p.m. in the final regular season home match of the year.