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Men's Soccer Comes Back To Beat Harvard, 3-2

Oct. 22, 2013

Box Score

NEWTON, Mass. - Junior Brendan Hayes scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to lead the Boston College men's soccer team to a 3-2 comeback win against Harvard on Tuesday evening at the Newton Campus Field.

The Eagles scored all three goals in the second half after Harvard went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. Hayes scored the first two BC goals to tie the match and then a Harvard own goal in the 74th minute sealed the win.

Junior Atobra Ampadu, sophomore Derrick Boateng and freshman Zeiko Lewis each had assists in the match.

Boston College controlled the pace for almost the whole 90 and owned an 11-5 advantage in shots.

Lewis created a couple of chances for BC in the first half, including 12 minutes in when he passed a short corner to Boateng. Boateng dished back to Lewis who sent a cross into the box. The ball found senior Chris Ager at the back post, but his header went wide of the target.

Fifteen minutes later, Lewis took a ball from the defensive third and went on the attack. He weaved through a couple of defenders and took a shot that rolled wide of the far post.

The Crimson scored their goals in the 32nd and 34th minutes on its first two shots of the game, and they were both in the same fashion. Michael Klain took a throw-in both times from the right side and tossed passes to Kevin Harrington into the box. After Harrington flicked passes with his head backward towards the middle, David Barna drilled home a loose ball after a little scramble for the first goal. On the second goal, Tyler Evans sent a shot off a defender and in for the 2-0 lead.

Hayes struck in the 55th minute to cut the BC deficit to a single goal. Boateng controlled the ball on the left side of the pitch and sent a low cross into the box. Hayes was there waiting and had no trouble putting the shot past the keeper.

The Eagles put together a fantastic equalizer in the 71st minute. Ampadu sent a long through ball to Lewis who was making a run down the left side. Lewis controlled it outside the box and found an open Hayes in the middle who put it away to make it 2-2.

Less than three minutes later, disaster struck for the Crimson as an own goal gave BC the lead and proved to be the game-winner. With the ball at the top of the box, a Harvard defender tried to head the ball back to his keeper. The keeper had come off his line to defend though, and the ball went untouched into the back of the net.

Harvard had a flurry of chances in the waning moments and after a couple of corner kicks, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu fired a shot towards sophomore Alex Kapp. Kapp made the save and corralled the rebound to preserve the BC win.

That was Kapp's only save of the match. Brett Conrad made two saves for Harvard (3-7-2).

Boston College (6-5-2) is back in action on Friday night when it travels to Clemson for a 6:30 match. It will be televised by NESN and ESPN3.

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