Nov. 11, 2011
CARY, N.C. - Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez played a part in both goals and scored the game-winner in the 66th minute to lead seventh-seeded Boston College to a 2-1 win against third-seeded Duke Friday night in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The Eagles will face top-seeded and No. 3 North Carolina Sunday at noon. The game will be televised live on ESPNU. The Tar Heels beat BC in the regular season finale, 2-0, on November 2.
Boston College is making its second trip to the ACC Championship game. The last came in 2007 when the Eagles won both the regular season and the tournament crown.
Medina-Mendez recorded a goal and an assist in the same game for the first time this season. He has four goals in the last five matches and six of his eight goals this year have come against ACC opponents.
Senior Amit Aburmad scored the equalizer in the 25th minute. It was his first score since September 16. Junior Colin Murphy was credited with an assist on the first goal while classmate Kyle Bekker got one on Medina-Mendez's game-winner.
Junior Justin Luthy made five saves in goal for BC, as did Duke's James Belshaw.
The first half was played evenly as both teams recorded six shots, four shots on a goal and three saves. It was the Eagles who had more quality chances though.
BC's first opportunity came in the ninth minute but it was denied by a Belshaw save. Bekker made a nice move around a defender near midfield and then perfectly fed classmate Charlie Rugg - who stayed onsides - into open space. Rugg went one-on-one with Belshaw, but the Duke keeper kept BC off the board.
Duke capitalized on its first corner kick in the 15th minute to take a 1-0 edge. Joseph Pak sent the corner in from the left side and it went right to Luthy on the goal line. The ball bounced off of his hands and went to Nat Eggleston who was stationed right outside the left post. He blasted a shot from point-blank range and the ball hit off the underside of the crossbar and in for the goal.
Bekker was inches away from equalizing the game seven minutes later. Murphy battled through a couple of defenders and picked up a foul after being knocked to the ground. Bekker took the free kick from 25 yards out and placed it perfectly on net, but Belshaw dove and got enough of his fingers on the ball to make it hit the post and bounce out of bounds.
BC got the goal it needed four minutes later to tie the game. Medina-Mendez handled the ball near the boundary to the right of the 18. He fed Murphy to his left who sent a cross into the far side of the box. Aburmad warded off a defender and deflected the ball into the back of the net from seven yards out to make it a 1-1 game at the half.
The second half had a different pace to it with only four shots being recorded in the first 20 minutes. BC won a corner kick in the 66th minute and Bekker took the ball on the left side. He sent a perfect cross into the six-yard box and the ball cleanly fell to Medina-Mendez in front of the net. He one-timed the shot to the left side-netting to give the Eagles their first lead of the day, 2-1.
The BC defense stymied the Duke attack the rest of the way, allowing just one shot which was easily handled by Luthy.