Sept. 19, 2011
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 11 Boston College men's soccer team (5-1-0) hosts No. 2 Connecticut (6-0-0) Tuesday night at the Newton Campus Field at 7 p.m. in a meeting between the two highest ranked teams in New England.
The two programs met on the pitch last season for the first time since 2004. The third-ranked Huskies defeated the 15th-ranked Eagles, 2-0, in Storrs.
The teams have split each of the last six contests dating back to 2002 and the winning side has recorded a shutout in five of the matches. Boston College last won on November 23, 2004 when it took a 1-0 decision in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
UConn enters the clash with one of the best defenses in the country, allowing just two goals in its first six games. The Huskies have shut out its last three opponents which includes a pair of road victories. Connecticut also defeated California - ranked seventh at the time - 4-1.
The Eagles, on the other hand, have been relying on its offense to get off to a 5-1-0 start. BC averages 2.67 goals a game which ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind No. 1 Maryland. Boston College has scored two or more goals in each of its victories.
BC is also the only team in the ACC with two players having three or more multiple-point games. Senior Amit Aburmad leads the conference with four while junior Kyle Bekker is right behind him with three.
Tuesday night's match is the last one at home until the Eagles host Wake Forest on October 7. BC will travel to Rhode Island (September 23), Brown (September 27) and NC State (September 30) before returning to action in Newton.