Men's Soccer Falls To Clemson In PK Shootout
Nov. 6, 2012
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Boston College men's soccer team and Clemson played to a scoreless draw on Tuesday night at Historic Riggs Field, but the Tigers won the penalty kick shootout, 3-1, to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Championship.
Following a scoreless 110 minutes, the two sides needed the shootout to determine who advanced in the tournament. Clemson's Ara Amirkhanian and senior Kevin Mejia traded goals in the first round, and TJ Casner scored another for the Tigers in round two. Chris Glodack - who replaced Cody Mizell for the shootout - then saved the Eagles' second attempt to give Clemson a 2-1 edge.
Both sides failed to convert in the third sequence as senior Justin Luthy came up with a big save on Clemson. Amadou Dia gave Clemson its third score in round four, then Glodack saved the Eagles' attempt again to advance the Tigers on to Germantown, Maryland.
The Eagles will await their NCAA Tournament fate as the bracket is announced Monday, November 12 at 5:30 p.m.
Boston College and Clemson played to a scoreless draw during the regular season as well on October 13 in Newton.
Both sides had their chances in the first 45 minutes. Clemson held a 5-3 advantage in shots with both keepers recording a save. The Tigers put together a nice sequence 10 minutes into the half when a couple of passes found Amirkhanian on the end line near the goal. He headed it back towards the middle, but no one was there to put a shot on goal.
Freshman Jason Abbott recorded the first shot on goal of the night when he found some space and took a shot at Mizell. Clemson took the ball down the pitch and responded with a shot of its own, but Austin Savage's header skipped wide of the target.
Mejia gave BC a chance when he flicked a ball in front of a streaking Derrick Boateng. The freshman beat the last defender and raced towards the ball. Mizell came off his line and met Boateng at the top of the box, and Mizell won the ball to thwart the chance.
Luthy was tested for the first time of the night in the 33rd minute when Casner fired a shot from the box after some precise passing. Luthy made a leaping save and did not allow a rebound.
BC's best chance came with a little over three minutes left in the half. Boateng passed to junior Ryan Dunn on the right side of the pitch. Dunn had plenty of space to send a cross into the far side of the box. His ball found the head of junior Chris Ager, who redirected towards goal. His ball hit the left post and stayed out of goal, keeping the score tied heading into the break.
The second half saw limited chances for both sides until the 15-minute mark when the game busted wide open. The teams went end-to-end for the rest of the half, setting up chances and taking a combined five shots.
Boston College's best chance came when senior Colin Murphy was causing trouble inside the 18-yard box with 12:35 left in the half. A defender finally forced the ball off his foot, but it went right to sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez. He had space to shoot, but his shot went wide of the post.
Three minutes later, Savage fired a shot from 15 yards out on the left side of the box, but his shot also sailed wide.
Clemson had the two best chances of the night in the first overtime session but could not convert. Dia was left unmarked on the far post during a cross in the box. He headed the ball from point-blank range, but the ball went over the crossbar. Less than two minutes later, Dia threatened again and took a shot on the left side of the box. Luthy came out to make the save, but the ball bounced to an open Savage in the middle. Savage redirected the ball to the goal, but a wall of BC defenders made the save.
Neither team threatened in the second overtime session, forcing the penalty kick shootout.
Mejia led BC (8-5-5) with four shots while Savage had six for Clemson (6-8-5). Both Luthy and Mizell were credited with three saves.