Sept. 13, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team makes its way to Blacksburg for its first ACC road match at Virginia Tech Friday night at 7 p.m.
The Eagles (2-2-0, 0-1-0 ACC) are coming off a 4-0 loss a week ago at home against No. 3 Maryland. The Hokies (3-2-0, 0-1-0) opened their ACC schedule on the road at No. 1 North Carolina where they lost, 2-0.
EAGLES FACE VIRGINIA TECH ON THE ROAD
Boston College travels down to Blacksburg for its first ACC road test at Virginia Tech on Friday night at 7 p.m.
The two sides played a wild 4-3 overtime match in their only meeting last season. Senior Charlie Rugg scored the game-winner in the 93rd minute to give BC the win.
The Eagles are 8-1-1 all-time against the Hokies, including a 6-0-1 mark in ACC play since 2005.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 4 Maryland scored three second half goals to defeat No. 24 Boston College, 4-0, last Friday night in front of 1,268 fans at the Newton Campus Field in the ACC opener for both sides.
Christiano Francois scored a goal and assisted on another off the bench for the Terrapins. Schillo Tshuma, Jake Pace and Widner Saint Cyr scored the other goals. Sunny Jane and Patrick Mullins were credited with assists.
It was Boston College who came up with a couple of early chances to get on the board but could not capitalize. The first came eight minutes in when Luthy cleared the ball downfield. Senior Kevin Mejia beat the Terp defender to the ball and just had the keeper to beat, but his shot sailed wide.
Senior Kyle Bekker forced a turnover in the offensive end at the 24:25 mark and had room to blast a shot. He went top shelf, but Keith Cardona made a spectacular fingertip save to keep BC off the board.
The Maryland goal came in the 39th minute when Francois was making a run at the net. A BC defender stripped him and tried to clear, but he regained control and slipped a shot past Luthy for the Terrapin lead.
The Terps extended the lead just three minutes into the second half when a BC turnover turned into a goal. Mullins picked up an errant pass and found Jane in the middle of the pitch. He dished to Tshuma who snuck a shot past Luthy for the 2-0 lead.
Pace and Saint Cyr added goals in the 70th and 81st minutes, respectively, to complete the scoring for the Terps.
LAST TIME vs. VIRGINIA TECH
Charlie Rugg scored the game-winning goal in the 93rd minute to give No. 11 Boston College a thrilling 4-3 overtime win against Virginia Tech in front of 905 fans at the Newton Campus Field on September 16, 2011.
Virginia Tech scored a pair of second half goals to force the extra period but BC ended it early. In the third minute of overtime, Colin Murphy fed classmate Kyle Bekker on the right side of the pitch. Bekker sent a cross into the box and Rugg leapt over everyone to head the ball into the net.
Amit Aburmad and Chris Ager both recorded a goal and an assist in the match. Both the goal and assist were the first of Ager's career. Bekker assisted on two goals on the night and Diego Medina-Mendez scored the other goal.
The Hokies took advantage of their first shot in the game as David Clemens sealed off a BC defender to receive a pass. He turned and fired to find the back of the net in the 10th minute to give the Hokies the early lead.
The Eagles tied the game in the 29th minute after a great effort by Aburmad. Fighting for possession with a Virginia tech defender near the end line, he slid and kicked the ball off the Hokie to win the corner. Bekker sent the pass into the box and Ager headed it in off the right post for the equalizer.
BC used the momentum and took the lead 1:53 later. The Eagles earned another corner on the other side of the pitch and Aburmad sent in the feed. After Ager got a touch on the ball in the box, Medina-Mendez put away the ball that was sitting on the goal line to give the Eagles a 2-1 edge.
In the 36th minute of the first half, Medina-Mendez was making a run down the left side of the pitch and was taken down in the box by James Shupp. The official called the foul and awarded BC a penalty kick, which Aburmad put away to make it a 3-1 lead.
The Hokies made it a game once again by scoring less than three minutes after the halftime whistle. Jed Prater was sitting in the top of the box when a ball deflected toward him. He wound up and fired a shot that clipped a BC defender and found the back of the net to pull Virginia Tech within a goal.
The Hokies then tied the game in the 73rd minute after a ball handling violation by BC. The free kick was set up a yard inside the box and after a quick touch by Robert Alberti, Ben Strong sent in a nice shot over the wall and into the net for the equalizer.
NEWCOMERS MAKING IMPACT
The new faces of Boston College have made quite the impression early in 2012.
Freshman Jason Abbott made his presence known immediately, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the 2-1 season-opening win at Quinnipiac.
Local freshman Derrick Boateng assisted on the game's only goal at Fairfield, helping BC to a 1-0 win.
Both Abbott and Boateng have started all four matches this year.
Sophomore Matt Wendelken and freshman Dylan Pritchard have both started every match in the backfield, and freshman Zack Rockmore has appeared in trhee contests.
BEKKER BACK FOR FINAL SEASON
Senior Kyle Bekker was the catalyst for the attack all season long last year, leading the team with eight goals, seven assists and 23 points.
Bekker was an All-ACC First Team honoree in 2011 and was also named to the All-South Atlantic Third Team.
The Canadian product ranks seventh all-time at Boston College in assists (18), 10th in points (50) and 11th in goals (16).
Bekker led Canada to the semifinal stage of the 2012 CONCACAF Men's Olympic Qualifying tournament in March. He started two of the three games in group play and started the semifinal match against Mexico.
RUGG SPARKS ATTACK
Senior Charlie Rugg put up similar numbers as Kyle Bekker last year. He also had eight goals and was second on the team with 21 points and five assists. He led the team with five game-winning goals.
Two of those game-winners came in overtime victories against ACC opponents - Virginia Tech and Duke. Another one came in the quarterfinal win against Maryland in the ACC Tournament.
Rugg was named to the All-ACC First Team and the ACC All-Tournament Team.
He ranks sixth all-time at BC in goals (23) and points (60).
Rugg missed the first three matches with an injury, but played off the bench vs. Maryland.
Senior Justin Luthy has been a mainstay in goal since his arrival on campus four years ago.
He has started all 66 matches in goal the last four seasons and ranks among the all-time greats.
He is the all-time Boston College leader in wins (39), setting the mark at Fairfield on September 3 with a 1-0 shutout.
He also ranks second in minutes played (6071), fourth in shutouts (19) and fifth in saves (255).
MEDINA-MENDEZ'S STELLAR FIRST YEAR
Sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez started 17 matches and appeared in all 21 in 2011. He was the only freshman to earn a start last season.
The speedy midfielder tied for the team lead with eight goals and assisted on two others for 18 points - that ranked third on the team.
His four ACC goals led BC and ranked fifth in the conference.
The Lindsay, Calif., product was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team and the ACC All-Tournament Team.
MEJIA ON THE ATTACK
Senior Kevin Mejia has stepped into the starting forward role in the absence of classmate Charlie Rugg.
He leads the team with a pair of goals, including the only one of the match in a 1-0 win at Fairfield.
He also leads the team in shots (8) and shots on goal (5).
Mejia has eight career goals and 20 points. His only other multiple goal season came back in 2009, his freshman year. He had five goals that season.
AT HOME IN THE ACC
Boston College 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 17-4-4 since 2006.
Boston College's last loss came at the hands of Maryland last Friday.
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 last year.
Boston College is 20-6-3 in its last 29 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 21-7-4 overall in Newton since 2009.
BC's last home loss came at the hands of Maryland last Friday. It marks the first time since 1994 that the Eagles have lost their first two matches at home.