Nov. 20, 2011
NEWTON, Mass. - The No. 8 Boston College men's soccer team and Rutgers played to a 1-1 draw in 110 minutes Sunday afternoon, but the Scarlet Knights won the penalty kick shootout, 4-3, to advance to the third round of the NCAA Championship.
Boston College scored the game's first goal in the 53rd minute when a cross from senior Patrick Chin found its way into the back of the net. Rutgers put the pressure on late in regulation after BC controlled much of the half, and it got its equalizer in the 87th minute from Ibrahim Kamara. Sam Archer started the play off a corner kick and got an assist with Bryant Knibbs.
Neither team could convert on a combined five shots in the two 10-minute overtime sessions which forced the shootout. The Eagles had three shots in the first overtime which forced a pair of saves from Rutgers' Kevin McMullen.
In the penalty kick shootout, Kamara and junior Kevin Mejia both converted in the first round and then Nate Bourdeau connected on the Scarlet Knights' second attempt. McMullen saved the next Eagles' shot for a 2-1 edge.
Robin Brown and senior Conor Fitzpatrick traded successful attempts in the third round, then Rutgers' Andrew Cuevas hit the left post for its first miss. Junior Colin Murphy tied the shootout, 3-3, after four rounds with his conversion.
In the fifth and final round, Joe Setchell shot first for Rutgers and he converted. McMullen then made his second save of the shootout to advance the Scarlet Knights into the next round.
Neither offense mustered great chances in the first 45 minutes and both sides recorded three shots in the first half. Boston College began to take control of the pace and possession late in the half and then early into the second which resulted in a goal in the 53rd minute. Chin handled the ball to the left of the box from 20 yards out and sent a cross into the 18. The ball was meant for junior Charlie Rugg
, but he slipped and couldn't get to it. The ball bounced in the box and fooled McMullen in goal, then trickled into the right side netting for a 1-0 BC lead.
Rugg nearly made it a 2-0 game for the Eagles with 16:35 left in regulation. He found some space at the top of the box and rifled a shot toward goal. McMullen was able to get a hand on it to deflect it over the crossbar and out of harm's way.
Rutgers battled back and began to attack with some quality late in regulation. With just over 13 minutes to play, Knibbs created some space for himself just outside of the six-yard box when he turned and fired a shot on goal. Luthy was there for the save and did not allow a rebound.
The Scarlet Knights kept pressing and got what they were looking for in the 87th minute. In the second of two corner kicks, Archer sent the ball in from the right side. The ball was deflected by Knibbs and fell to Kamara, who put the ball in the goal to tie the match, 1-1.
Luthy was credited with two saves for BC (14-6-1) while McMullen had five for Rutgers (10-6-4).