Sept. 13, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team travels to the Keystone State to take on Pittsburgh on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
BC-PITT PLAY IN FIRST ACC MEETING
Boston College hits the road to take on Pittsburgh for the first time since 2004. The match is on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
The Eagles have lost consecutive matches heading into the weekend. Wake Forest handed BC its first loss of the year last Saturday and then it lost a 3-2 overtime decision at Dartmouth on Monday.
Pittsburgh started the season with a pair of ties and then lost its ACC opener, 1-0, at NC State.
BC is 9-4-2 against the Panthers all-time.
Boston College has trailed in three of its matches this season but has come back twice.
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.
It also worked the other way on Monday as Dartmouth came back from 2-0 down to take a 3-2 overtime win.
LAST TIME OUT
Boston College scored the first two goals of the match, but Dartmouth came back and earned a 3-2 double overtime win on Monday night at Burnham Field.
Junior Diego Medina-Mendez recorded a goal and an assist for BC. Junior Nick Butler scored the other goal and freshman Zeiko Lewis had an assist.
It was Butler's first goal as an Eagle.
Sophomore Alex Kapp was credited with a career-high seven saves in goal in his first start of the season.
Boston College jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals in the 28th and 29th minutes. Lewis handled the ball in the middle of the pitch and fed Medina-Mendez to his left. He beat the keeper for the match's first score. A minute later, the Dartmouth keeper misplayed a ball in the box among a crowd. Medina-Mendez finally controlled it and fed Butler who was behind him. Butler put a blast on the ball that put the Eagles up 2-0.
Dartmouth got a goal back before halftime in the 35th minute. Alberto Gorini and Colin Skelly combined to find Justin Rosner who scored the goal that cut the lead in half.
The Eagles kept Dartmouth at bay for a majority of the second half until a red card in the 84th minute forced them to play a man down. The Big Green scored the equalizer two minutes later when Alexander Marsh kicked in a nice cross from Colin Heffron.
Both sides registered two shots in the first overtime period but Dartmouth had the only one on net. In the second extra session, Alex Adelabu had a nice effort that Kapp kept out of goal. As they fought for the ball, it deflected to an open Robin Alnas a few yards away. He scored the game-winner in the 105th minute to complete the comeback.
LAST TIME vs. PITTSBURGH
Boston College's Charlie Davies scored a pair of goals en route to a 2-0 win over Pittsburgh on October 16, 2004 in Newton.
Davies got the No. 14 Eagles on the board in the first half when he scored in the 28th minute. Uri Magen-David found the freshman in one-on-one coverage on the left side of the field. Davies took care of the rest, beating his defender and shooting past Pittsburgh goalkeeper Justin Lowery for the score.
Davies notched an insurance goal off a through ball from sophomore back Richard Gavilanes with just over one minute left in the game for his second score of the day.
Issey Maholo notched two saves and registered his seventh shutout of the season with another outstanding game in goal.
Pittsburgh had its best chance to score early in the second half when it was awarded a direct kick after a Boston College foul. Steve Cavalier passed around BC's defensive wall to Dwayne Grant-Higgins who found himself an open look at the net. Grant-Higgins fired wide right and the Panthers were unable to create another legitimate scoring opportunity against a stifling Boston College defense.
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.
SECOND HALF DIFFERENCE
The Eagles 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 in those matches came in the second half or overtime and the defense did not allowed a goal after the first 45 - a total of 119:26.
The Eagles owned a 24-8 advantage in shots in the second half in those matches, forcing opposing goalkeepers to make 10 saves after halftime. BC did not need to make a save 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 1-1-1 to start this year.
The Eagles had not lost in overtime since the 2009 season until September 9 when Dartmouth won in the first overtime. The Big Green scored the equalizer in the 86th minute while BC was playing with 10 men, and then it clinched the win with a goal in the fifth minute of overtime.
BC is 6-1-11 in 18 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 three of the six goals this year and four of the six assists.
Junior Cole DeNormandie scored two goals against Quinnipiac while freshman Isaac Normesinu assisted both times. Freshman Zeiko Lewis also has two assists.
Junior Nick Butler has also scored a goal.
In the first two matches this season, seven different Eagles made their first career starts in an Eagles uniform.
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 24-8-6 in its last 38 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 25-9-7 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 18-6-6 since 2006.
Boston College's last loss came at the hands of No. 21 Wake Forest on September 7.
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 four 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.