Sept. 27, 2012
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team returns to ACC action when it hosts NC State on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field.
Both teams are looking for their first conference win. BC (4-3-1, 0-1-1 ACC) enters the game having won its last two matches, including a 4-2 win against Rhode Island on Tuesday. The Wolfpack (7-3-0, 0-2-0) has lost three of its last four matches but won on Tuesday vs. Gardner-Webb, 2-0.
EAGLES HOST NC STATE
Boston College returns to league action on Friday night when it hosts NC State at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field.
Both sides will be looking for their first ACC win of the season. The Eagles stand at 0-1-1 while the Wolfpack has lost both of its conference contests this year.
The series stands at an even 4-4-1 since BC joined the ACC in 2005 and NC State won last season's match in Raleigh, 2-1.
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Charlie Rugg and freshman Derrick Boateng both scored two goals and had an assist to lead Boston College to a 4-2 victory against Rhode Island Tuesday afternoon.
Both Rugg and Boateng established career highs with five points. Rugg matched a career best with his two goals while Boateng has scored all three of his collegiate goals in the last two matches.
Sophomore Christian Johnson added two assists for the Eagles - his first career points at BC. Senior Kyle Bekker, junior Chris Ager and freshman Jason Abbott were also credited with assists.
Freshman Alex Kapp started the match in goal and played the first half, saving one shot and not allowing a goal.
LAST YEAR vs. NC STATE
Zabarle Kollie scored both NC State goals - including the game-winner in the 87th minute - to lead the Wolfpack to a 2-1 win against Boston College September 30 at Dail Soccer Field.
BC's Kyle Bekker scored his fifth goal of the season on a free kick in the 29th minute to tie the game, 1-1.
NC State struck first in the 10th minute to take the early lead. Chandler Knox fired the first shot of the match but it went wide, and after a BC corner kick, Kollie took a loose ball and went on a breakaway. He finished the chance to put the Wolfpack up 1-0.
Diego Medina-Mendez notched the first scoring chance for BC in the 24th minute but NC State keeper Fabian Otte made the save. The Eagles cashed in on their next chance four minutes later following a NC State corner. After the Wolfpack committed a foul from 30 yards out, Bekker stepped up to the ball and sent a shot into the back of the net for the equalizer.
Both teams had several chances in the second half in a back and forth 45 minutes, but it was Kollie again who broke through for a goal. After Justin Luthy saved a Kollie shot at 84:39, Kollie got the ball again less than two minutes later and finished it for the game-winning goal.
Matt Ingram and Knox assisted on the game-clincher for NC State.
Luthy recorded four saves in goal while Otte stopped three shots.
Senior Charlie Rugg missed the first three matches of the season with an injury he sustained in the final preseason contest, but he is back and picked up where he left off last year.
Rugg started his first match of the season at Virginia Tech on September 14 and scored the lone goal for the Eagles in a 1-1 draw.
In the last two outings, he has two goals and two assists.
After recording an assist in the win against San Francisco, he scored twice and assisted on another goal in the 4-2 win vs. Rhode Island Tuesday afternoon.
He matched a career high with two goals and established a new career best with five points.
Rugg ranks 10th in the ACC in points (8).
He was one of the catalysts of the offense last season, as he led the team with 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 fifth all-time at BC in goals (26) and points (68).
Freshman Derrick Boateng, better known as Nana, currently leads the team with three goals, three assists and nine points.
Boateng has three goals and two assists in the last two matches.
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. Senior 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.
He followed that up with two goals and an assist in the 4-2 win vs. Rhode Island on Tuesday.
Nana ranks fifth in the ACC in assists (3) and sixth in points (9).
NEWCOMERS MAKING IMPACT
The new faces of Boston College have made quite the in 2012.
Local freshman Derrick Boateng leads BC in goals (3), assists (3) and points (9).
Freshman Jason Abbott made his presence known immediately, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the 2-1 season-opening win at Quinnipiac. He has one goal and two assists.
Both Abbott and Boateng have started all eight matches this year.
Sophomore Matt Wendelken and freshman Dylan Pritchard have a combined nine starts while freshmen Dan Norris and Zack Rockmore have combined for eight appearances.
Freshman Alex Kapp has started the last two matches in goal, going 2-0-0 in those contests.
He has allowed just one goal in over 154 minutes and has been credited with six saves.
Senior Justin Luthy has been a mainstay in goal since his arrival on campus four years ago.
He has started 68 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 September 3 with a 1-0 shutout.
He also ranks second in minutes played (6316), fourth in shutouts (19) and fifth in saves (263).
He is just four minutes away from setting the new career minutes played record at BC.
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 fourth all-time at Boston College in assists (20), 10th in points (52) and 11th in goals (16).
He has two assists this year.
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.
DUNN GETS ON THE BOARD
Junior Ryan Dunn picked a perfect time to score his first collegiate goal.
The defenseman scored the equalizer in the 72nd minute against San Francisco on September 22 in what would be an eventual 2-1 win in double overtime.
With the Eagles losing 2-1, senior Kyle Bekker delivered a free kick into the box following a USF foul. The ball bounced around for awhile, then freshman Derrick Boateng got a shot off that was blocked. The ball stayed in the box and Dunn finally put it in the back of the net to tie the match.
Boateng would net the game winner with just 11 seconds left in the second overtime.
Dunn has played in 41 matches in his career with 30 starts. He has one goal and two assists.
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 stepped into the starting forward role in the absence of classmate Charlie Rugg early in the season.
He scored a pair of goals in that role, including the only one of the match in a 1-0 win at Fairfield September 3.
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.
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 22-6-3 in its last 31 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 23-7-4 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 17-4-4 since 2006.
Boston College's last loss came at the hands of Maryland on September 7.
EAGLES RANKED NO. 14 IN NSCAA PRESEASON POLL
Boston College was ranked No. 14 in the country in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/Continental Tire preseason rankings, announced August 7.
BC and head coach Ed Kelly returned 14 lettermen from the 2011 squad that earned the No. 4 national seed in the NCAA Tournament. Four players who earned All-ACC honors return, including Chris Ager (second team), Kyle Bekker (first team), Diego Medina-Mendez (freshman team) and Charlie Rugg (first team).
The Eagles finished the 2011 season at 14-6-1 and went 4-4-0 in the ACC. After receiving a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament, BC and Rutgers tied in the second round, but the Scarlet Knights advanced in the penalty kick shootout.
Boston College also reached the final of the 2011 ACC Championship - its second appearance in the title game. It marked the fifth-consecutive time that BC reached the semifinals of the tournament - the only ACC team to accomplish that feat in the last five seasons.
BC PREDICTED TO FINISH FOURTH IN ACC
The Eagles were selected to finish fourth in the 2012 ACC preseason poll, as voted on by the league's nine head coaches.
No. 9 Maryland was picked as the ACC's preseason favorite, getting three first place votes and 72 points. No. 1 North Carolina, the defending national and conference champion, grabbed four first place votes but totaled 71 points. Wake Forest came in third with 60 points and had the other two first place votes. Boston College garnered 52 points.
The rest of the preseason poll in order was: Virginia (49 points), Duke (42), Clemson (30), NC State (18) and Virginia Tech (11).