Sep 6, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team opens the ACC portion of its schedule by hosting No. 21 Wake Forest on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field.
BC-WAKE FOREST MEET IN ACC OPENER
Boston College hosts No. 21 Wake Forest on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the ACC opener for both schools.
The Eagles have started their season 1-0-1 with a 2-1 overtime win at Boston University and a 2-2 draw against Quinnipiac on Monday night.
The Demon Deacons went 1-1-0 to start the season with a 1-0 loss to No. 12 Coastal Carolina and a 3-0 win against Monmouth. Both of those matches were played in Winston-Salem.
BC is 5-3-2 against Wake Forest since joining the ACC and beat the Demon Deacons last season at Spry Stadium, 1-0.
AGER NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Chris Ager was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week, announced Tuesday by the conference office.
Ager scored both BC goals in a 2-1 overtime victory against Boston University on August 30 in the season opener. The captain scored the equalizer in the 48th minute on a header off a corner kick and then tallied the game-winner with 34 seconds left in the first overtime.
The Gjettum, Norway product entered the season with one career goal that came in 2011.
Ager was also named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his two-goal performance.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Cole DeNormandie scored twice in the second half to help Boston College earn a 2-2 draw against Quinnipiac on Labor Day at the Newton Campus Field.
DeNormandie's two goals came less than three minutes apart in the second half with the Eagles trailing by two goals. They were the first two goals of his BC career.
Freshman Isaac Normesinu provided both assists for his first collegiate points.
The first half saw a lot of action in the midfield with a combined seven shots. Quinnipiac struck first in the 12th minute. Sam Nicol sent a nice pass through the defense that found a streaking Machel Baker in the right side of the box. Baker took a touch and then ripped a shot that junior Keady Segel got a hand on, but there was too much pace to stop it from reaching the net.
A little over six minutes later, Simon Hinde delivered a spot-on pass from midfield to Baker at the top of the goalie box. Baker got in front of a defender and was tripped up, forcing the referee to award the Bobcats a penalty kick. Hinde took the shot and gave Quinnipiac a 2-0 lead.
The second half and overtimes were controlled by Boston College. The Eagles held a 14-2 advantage in shots and a 6-1 edge in corner kicks in the final 65 minutes.
The Eagles then took control of the match and got their first goal in the 59th minute. Normesinu delivered a nice pass to DeNormandie on the right side of the box. He ripped a shot from that side and beat the keeper to cut the deficit in half.
Less than three minutes later, Normesinu sent a cross into the box from the right side and DeNormandie got his head on it to notch the equalizer.
LAST YEAR vs. WAKE FOREST
Charlie Rugg scored the match's only goal in the 57th minute as Boston College won at No. 15 Wake Forest, 1-0, on October 6 in front of 1,514 fans at Spry Stadium.
Kyle Bekker and Dylan Pritchard got the assists on the score. Justin Luthy was credited with a season-high eight saves in goal. All of his saves came in the second half.
The first half started with Wake Forest controlling much of the action, but the Eagles took control later in the period. The Demon Deacons got four of the match's first five shots in the initial 20 minutes, but the Eagles took the next five shots to close the half.
BC got the match's only goal to take a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute. Pritchard handled the ball in the middle of the attacking zone. He dished off to Bekker to his right and Bekker served a perfect pass to a streaking Rugg in the box. Rugg chipped a shot over the oncoming keeper to give the Eagles the lead.
Wake Forest spent the rest of the match on the offensive and recorded eight shots in the final 33 minutes. The first flurry came with 20 minutes left but Luthy continued to keep the Demon Deacons scoreless. Collin Martin peppered him with a couple of shots, the first of which was a blast right at him. The second time, Martin tried to sneak a solid shot to the right of Luthy, but he made a diving save and did not allow a rebound.
The Demon Deacons battled to the end as Gamble blasted a low shot at Luthy with 35 seconds left, but Luthy tallied his eighth save and did not allow a rebound to secure the win.
Boston College has trailed in both of its matches this season but has come back both times.
Boston University struck first in the 16th minute in the season opener on August 30, but senior Chris Ager scored two goals after halftime to give BC the win.
His equalizer came in the 48th minute and then the game-winner was scored with 34 seconds left in the first overtime.
Ager entered the season with one career goal and was named ACC Player of the Week.
Quinnipiac jumped out of the gate on Monday and scored twice in the first 19 minutes.
The Eagles controlled the match from there and junior Cole DeNormandie scored twice in the 59th and 62nd minutes to secure the tie.
Freshman Isaac Normesinu was credited with assists on both goals.
SECOND HALF DIFFERENCE
The Eagles have dug themselves a couple of holes in the first two matches of the season, but climbed back in both times.
Both Boston University and Quinnipiac took leads into halftime. The Terriers led 1-0 while the Bobcats were up 2-0.
All four of BC's goals have come in the second half or overtime and the defense has not allowed a goal after the first 45 yet - a total of 119:26.
The Eagles own a 24-8 advantage in shots in the second half this season, forcing opposing goalkeepers to make 10 saves after halftime. BC has not needed to make a save yet in the second half or overtime.
Boston College has played its share of overtime games the last two seasons.
Last year, the Eagles were 2-0-5 in overtime. They are 1-0-1 to start this year.
The Eagles have not lost in overtime since te 2009 season. They are 6-0-11 in 17 overtime matches dating back to November 11, 2009.
NEWCOMERS MAKING IMPACT
There are a lot of new faces on the Boston College sideline this year.
BC lost nine players from last year's squad, but brought in 11 new players to fill the void.
Head Coach Ed Kelly brought on five freshmen, four transfers and two walk-ons.
Newcomers have accounted for two of the four goals this year and three of the five assists.
Junior Cole DeNormandie scored two goals against Quinnipiac while freshman Isaac Normesinu assisted both times. Freshman Zeiko Lewis also has an assist.
In the first two matches this season, seven different Eagles made their first career starts in an Eagles uniform.
Sophomore Derrick Boateng, better known as Nana, was an ACC All-Freshman Team selection last season. He was second on the team in goals (3) and points (9), and third in assists (3).
Boateng had three goals and two assists in a four-match span from September 14-25.
Nana's first collegiate goal came in dramatic fashion against San Francisco on September 22. A Dons turnover gave Boston College a 4-on-3 advantage on the attack with under 30 seconds to go in the match. Charlie Rugg dished to Boateng to his left who dribbled into the box. As the USF keeper came off his line, Boateng lofted a shot over his head and into the far side netting - just inside the post - to give the Eagles the thrilling 2-1 victory.
This year, he assisted on the senior Chris Ager's game-winning goal at Boston University on August 30.
Junior Cole DeNormandie is new to Chestnut Hill, but he is certainly not new to college soccer.
The Lincoln, Mass., product spent two years as a starting forward at Cincinnati where he scored 10 goals and added five assists.
He earned Big East All-Freshman Team honors in 2011 after leading the Bearcats with seven goals and 15 points.
DeNormandie led Cincinnati last year with three goals, four assists and 10 points.
He scored both of BC's goals in a 2-2 draw against Quinnipiac on Monday.
WHAT WAS LOST
Boston College lost a lot of talent and experience from last season, including a combined 90 starts from just last year.
Three of the players lost are some of the all-time best at BC. Kyle Bekker ranks second all-time in assists (22) and eighth in points (56). Justin Luthy is the all-time leader in goalkeeper wins (43) and minutes played (7401). He is also second in shutouts (25) and fourth in saves (301). Charlie Rugg ranks fifth at BC in goals (28) and points (74).
From last season, the Eagles lost 12 of its 16 goals (75 percent), 11 of its 20 assists (55 percent) and 35 of its 52 points (67 percent). Luthy played all but 154 minutes in goal and made 59 of the 65 saves (91 percent).
Bekker and Rugg were both named to the All-ACC First Team last year. Rugg was the first team three-time All-ACC First Team member in BC history and Bekker was named twice.
TOUGH AT HOME
BC has been hard to beat at the Newton Campus Field over the last few seasons.
The Eagles went 6-0-3 at home in 2010 and were 7-2-1 in 2011.
Boston College is 24-7-6 in its last 37 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 25-8-7 overall in Newton since 2009.
BC has dominated at home during Atlantic Coast Conference contests since joining the league in 2005.
After a disappointing start in 2005 when BC went 0-3-1 at home in conference matches, the Eagles are 18-5-6 since 2006.
Boston College's last loss came at the hands of Brown on October 16, 2012.
BC PICKED EIGHTH IN ACC PRESEASON VOTING
Boston College was selected to finish eighth in the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll, according to a vote of the league's 12 head coaches.
No. 2 Maryland, the reigning ACC champion, earned 10 first-place votes for a total of 142 points to get the top spot in the poll. No. 4 North Carolina followed with 122 points while No. 17 Wake Forest (114 points) and No. 7 Notre Dame (110) came in at third and fourth, respectively. Both the Demon Deacons and Fighting Irish earned a first place vote.
Virginia (106), Clemson (69) and Duke (67) filled out spots five through seven. Boston College received 63 points as it was picked eighth.
The rest of the preseason poll in order was: No. 20 Syracuse (54), NC State (44), Virginia Tech (27) and Pittsburgh (18).
BEKKER, RUGG MAKE HISTORY
Boston College had two players drafted in the first round of the 2012 MLS SuperDraft - the first time that has happened in program history.
Kyle Bekker became the Eagles' highest draft pick ever when he was picked up by Toronto FC with the third overall selection.
Charlie Rugg later joined him in the first round when the Los Angeles Galaxy drafted him 19th overall.
Bekker has appeared in four matches this year and made one start. He has recorded five shots.
Rugg has played in three games and made two starts. He scored his first profesisonal goal on April 27 against Real Salt Lake.
BEDOYA BIG FOR USA IN GOLD CUP
Former men's soccer star Alejandro Bedoya earned four caps for the United States Men's National Team during the CONCACAF Gold Cup as the U.S. won its fifth title on July 28 at Chicago's Soldier Field.
Bedoya was instrumental in the semifinal and final matches, recording three assists on four American goals. He assisted on both of Landon Donovan's goals - including the game-winner - in the semifinal against Honduras, a 3-1 victory on July 24 in Dallas. Watch the two goals by clicking here and here.
He also sparked the only goal in a 1-0 triumph over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 28.
The two assists against Honduras were the first two of his international career.
Bedoya also earned a start against Costa Rica in pool play and made an appearance in the opener versus Belize. The United States won all six of its matches in the tournament by a combined score of 20-4.
Bedoya has 20 career caps and currently plays for FC Nantes in France's Ligue 1.