No. 13 Men's Soccer Beats No. 4 Maryland, 2-1, To Advance To ACC Semis
Nov. 8, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez and junior Charlie Rugg scored early first-half goals to lead the seventh-seeded Boston College men's soccer team to a 2-1 win at second-seeded Maryland Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the 2011 ACC Championship.
Boston College advances to its fifth-straight ACC Championship with the win and will face third-seeded Duke Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in Cary, N.C. The match will be aired live on ESPN3.com. The Blue Devils advanced on penalty kicks against Clemson after a scoreless draw.
The Eagles beat Duke in the regular season, 2-1, in double overtime in Newton.
Maryland controlled possession in the opening minutes of the match, but it was Boston College that made the most of its opportunities and struck first in the 14th minute. Junior Kyle Bekker handled the ball to the left of the box and sent a low cross into the 18-yard box. A Maryland defender slowed the ball down but it went right to Rugg. He fired and hit the right post, but the rebound fell to Medina-Mendez who put it home for his seventh goal and the 1-0 lead.
The Eagles added another goal four minutes later following a sparkling defensive play. The Terrapins sent a dangerous cross into the box but sophomore Chris Ager booted it away near the goal line with his back to the field. The clearance was sent far down the pitch and Rugg outran and outmuscled a Maryland defender, putting the ball in the back of the net to make it 2-0. That was his team-leading eighth goal of the season.
The Maryland offense kept pressing following the Rugg score, taking four shots in the next eight minutes. One attempt was blocked and two were wide, then Luthy was forced to make his first save of the night when Patrick Mullins fired a shot on net at the 26:13 mark.
The Terrapins opened the second half by cashing in on their first shot to cut the BC lead in half just 1:04 in. Jereme Raley sent a cross into the box from the right, then Casey Townsend leaped and flicked the ball into the back of the net from six yards out.
Rugg had another great attempt to score in the 54th minute when he found himself one-on-one with the keeper with a defender behind him. Rugg ripped a shot right at the keeper who saved it, and nobody was there to contend for the rebound.
Maryland came dangerously close to equalizing the game multiple times but the Boston College defense stood its ground the rest of the way. The Terrapins outshot BC, 12-5, in the second half and 18-9 overall. Maryland also got seven corner kicks in the second half.
Junior Justin Luthy was credited with five saves in the match for BC, including four in the second half. Maryland's Will Swaim made three saves.