Men's Soccer Defeats Second-Ranked Wake Forest, 1-0
Oct. 30, 2009
NEWTON, Mass. - Freshman Kevin Mejia's second-half shot from 23 yards out found the bottom right corner of the net and lifted Boston College to a 1-0 ACC victory over second-ranked Wake Forest before 853 fans at the Newton Campus Complex.
The victory marked the Eagles' second win over the nation's second-ranked team in two weeks. BC defeated second-ranked North Carolina, 2-1, in Chapel Hill, N.C. on Oct. 17.
BC freshman Stefan Carter got the decisive play started with a long throw-in. The ball was headed out of the box by a Wake Forest defender and collected by Mejia, who struck the ball across the box into the far side of the net at 50:15.
The second half featured up-and-down action with both teams enjoying quality chances. On the BC side, freshman Charlie Rugg launched a header into the side of the net in the 59th minute and sophomore Edvin Worley had his point-blank attempt on the breakaway saved by Wake Forest goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald.
For Wake Forest, freshman Andy Lubahn's header - off a feed from classmate Ben Newnam - rang off the crossbar at 69:30. In the 86th minute, BC goalkeeper Justin Luthy just beat Wake's Ike Opara to a cross in close. Less than a minute later, Opara's header - also from close range - was saved by Luthy.
Wake Forest mounted pressure in the final minute of play, but BC's defense withstood the challenge.
Wake Forest enjoyed a 7-4 shot advantage in the first half. Seniors Austin da Luz and Zach Schilawski each recorded two shots. Schilawski's header from just inside the box four minutes into the match and his 18-yard shot that sailed wide right in the 16th minute were the Demon Deacons' best chances.
Rugg also registered two first-half shots, including a 17-yard blast from the right corner of the box that Wake Forest's Fitzgerald pushed over the crossbar.
Luthy finished the night with seven saves, while Fitzgerald made three stops.
Game Notes: Wake Forest had six corner kicks, while BC had two ... BC freshman defender Stefan Carter left the match in the second half with an injury. Mejia, who scored the lone goal earlier in the half, shifted to the backline ... BC concludes its regular season on Friday, Nov. 6 with a home match against Virginia Tech. Game time is 7 p.m.