Sept. 27, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team faces ACC foe NC State tonight in Raleigh at 7 p.m. at Dail Soccer Stadium.
BC-TRAVELS TO NC STATE FRIDAY
Boston College (3-2-2, 1-1-1 ACC) will wrap up the month of September with a road match at NC State on Friday night in Raleigh.
The Eagles are unbeaten in their last three matches. They tied No. 2 Notre Dame last weekend at home and beat Rhode Island on the road on Tuesday, 3-0.
NC State is 4-1-1 to start the year. It tied at Virginia last weekend, 3-3, and then defeated Davidson on Tuesday.
BC is 5-4-0 against tthe Wolfpack since joining the ACC and won last year's matchup in Newton, 2-1.
Junior Diego Medina-Mendez has already bettered his production from a season ago with a goal and four assists.
He recorded two assists last year in 19 matches after tallying eight goals and two assists as a freshman in 2011.
Medina-Mendez was named to the All-ACC Freshman Team that season.
This year, he had an assist at Boston University and then recorded a goal and a helper in a 3-2 overtime loss at Dartmouth. He recorded two assists at Rhode Island on September 24.
Medina-Mendez leads the team with six points this year.
LAST TIME OUT
Three different Eagles provided goals as Boston College defeated Rhode Island, 3-0, Tuesday night at the URI Soccer Complex.
Freshman Zeiko Lewis and sophomore Derrick Boateng scored their first goals of the season. Junior Giuliano Frano scored on a penalty kick and it was his second of the year. Junior Diego Medina-Mendez notched a pair of assists.
Boston College held a 12-4 advantage in shots in the first half, forcing Rhode Island to make eight saves in goal. The Eagles scored early in the eighth minute on their second shot when Medina-Mendez fed Lewis for the first tally.
BC added more pressure in the 24th minute with a couple of shots that couldn't find the back of the net. After a URI defender saved a ball from crossing the goal line, another BC shot was wide of the target. The Rams took down a BC attacker in the box a minute later and Frano connected on the ensuing penalty kick to push the lead to 2-0.
The Boston College defense stifled Rhode Island in the second half and did not allow a shot on goal. The Rams nearly got on the board in the waning moments as Matt Sykes hit the crossbar with 39 seconds left, but the clean sheet was left intact.
Junior Keady Segel made one save for BC in goal and improved to 3-1-2 on the year. URI keeper Thomas Spenser was credited with six saves.
LAST TIME vs. NC STATE
Senior Charlie Rugg recorded a goal and an assist to lead BC to a 2-1 win against NC State on September 28, 2012 on a rain-soaked Newton Campus Field.
Senior Stefan Carter scored his first goal of the season and Diego Medina-Mendez assisted on both scores.
Boston College held a 13-6 advantage in shots and a 13-5 lead in corner kicks.
The first half was played mainly in the midfield, but BC seemed to control most of the possession. The Eagles' offense got more aggressive and came up with a lot of chances with 13 minutes left in the half. Medina-Mendez sent a cross into the box from the left side. Rugg got a head to the ball and directed it toward goal, but the keeper again swept it over the crossbar.
NC State's best chance came with a minute to play when a player was fouled 25 yards away from the goal. Alex Martinez sent a bending free kick into the box. It bounced once on the wet surface and Moritz Steidten redirected it, but right at Luthy who made the nice stop.
All four of BC's first half shots were on goal and it had a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks.
The Boston College offense controlled the pace in the second half and it finally paid off in the 62nd minute. On the sixth corner kick of the half, Kyle Bekker stood over the ball and sent a bender into the box. Rugg took a shot on goal that was saved and the ball bounced left. Medina-Mendez got a touch on it, but Carter finally put it home amidst a crowd to give BC the lead.
Less than four minutes later, Medina-Mendez used his speed to come up with a surprising steal between two Wolfpack players. He continued on to make a great run down the right side of the pitch, then sent a low cross into the box. Rugg was streaking down the middle and redirected the ball into the back of the net for what proved to be the game-winner.
BC had a couple of more chances to score, but it was NC State who put the pressure on in the end. With the ball in the midfield, Moss Jackson-Atogi decided to send a deep ball into the other half of the field. Monbo Bokar made a run at the ball and got ahead of the defense, then beat senior Justin Luthy to cut the deficit in half in the 86th minute, 2-1. NC State would threaten but could not get any further, and BC hung on for its first ACC win.
Luthy was credited with two saves for BC while Fabian Otte made seven for the Wolfpack.
Boston College has trailed in four of its seven matches this season and has come back three 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.
Quinnipiac jumped out of the gate on September 2 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.
BC scored twice in the final 10 minutes at Pitt last weekend to take a 2-1 win. Sophomore Atobra Ampadu scored in the 81st minute to tie the match and then junior Giuliano Frano secured the win with 1:05 left.
It also worked the other way at Dartmouth as BC held a 2-0 lead in the first half. The Big Green scored one before halftime and notched the equalizer in the 86th minute. The game-winner came in the second overtime.
SECOND HALF DIFFERENCE
The Eagles have had to play from behind in four of its seven matches this year, but are 2-1-1 in those contests.
Seven of BC's 12 goals have come in the second half or overtime.
Defensively, the Eagles have allowed three goals after halftime and two of them came in a 3-2 double overtime loss at Dartmouth. All three of the goals have been scored while BC was playing with 10 men.
Boston College also has an advantage in shots (59-53) in the second half and overtime.
Opponent goalkeepers have had to make 21 saves after halftime, compared to BC's 10.
FRANO, LEWIS SPARKING OFFENSE
Junior Giuliano Frano and freshman Zeiko Lewis have combined to score 10 points in the first seven matches this year.
Frano is one of three Eagles that lead the team with two goals. He also has an assist.
He played a role in both goals in BC's 2-1 comeback win at Pittsburgh. He assisted on sophomore Atobra Ampadu's goal in the 81st minute and then scored the game-winner with 1:05 left in regulation.
Lewis is second on the team with three assists and he assisted on Frano's game-winner at Pitt. He was also credited with the game-winning goal at Rhode Island on Tuesday.
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 has a goal and an assist. He scored the goal at Rhode Island on Tuesday.
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.
AGER NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior Chris Ager was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week on September 3.
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.
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 1-1-2 to start this year.
The Eagles had not lost in overtime since the 2009 season until September 9 when
Dartmouth won in double 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 6-1-12 in 19 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 eight of the 12 goals this year and six of the 11 assists.
Junior Cole DeNormandie scored two goals against Quinnipiac while freshman Isaac
Normesinu assisted both times. Freshman Zeiko Lewis is second on the team with three assists.
Junior Giuliano Frano played a crucial role at Pitt, assisting on the equalizer in the 81st minute and then scoring the game-winner in the 89th. He has two goals and one assist.
Junior Nick Butler and sophomore Atobra Ampadu have both scored goals.
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 24-8-7 in its last 39 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 25-9-8 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 18-6-7 since 2006.
Boston College's last loss came at the hands of No. 21 Wake Forest on September 7.
BC HOLDS ON FOR BIG POINT vs. IRISH
Freshman Isaac Normesinu scored for BC as it played No. 2 Notre Dame to a 1-1 draw on September 21 in front of a capacity crowd of 2,000 at Newton Campus Field.
Normesinu notched his first collegiate goal in the 17th minute to put the Eagles on top, 1-0. Notre Dame scored 12 seconds later to tie the match. Boston College played the last 50 minutes with 10 men after a red card was issued.
The first 45 was played at a frantic pace with Notre Dame having a 6-1 edge in shots. BC only needed one shot to score first in the 17th minute. Normesinu used unbelievable footwork on the right side of the pitch to beat the man on him and get open. When he was at the top of the box, he ripped a low shot past the keeper to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Notre Dame responded 12 seconds later as the BC goal announcement was still being read. The Irish took the kickoff down the field where Vince Cicciarelli handled the ball on the right side. He sent a low cross into the box to Harrison Shipp who finished it off for the equalizer.
Disaster struck in the 61st minute for the Eagles when a red card forced them to play with 10 men. BC had to play defensively for the last 50 minutes and allowed seven Notre Dame shots.
Junior Keady Segel made his two saves of the match in the last half hour of regulation. Max Lachowecki dribbled through two BC defenders on the left side to create a chance with 16:31 left. He sent a cross inside to Shipp, but his shot was not on target.
Five minutes later, he sent in another cross that found the foot of Patrick Hodan. He blasted a shot toward goal from 12 yards out, but it was right at Segel who did not allow a rebound.
Notre Dame took all of its shots in overtime in the first extra session. The Irish nearly put in the golden goal with three minutes left when Hodan sent a cross into the box. An Irish member missed the ball but it bounced right to Nick Besler who had an open net. His low shot missed the far post by inches.
Neither side attempted a shot in the second overtime.
BC GETS COMEBACK WIN AT PITT
The Eagles scored twice in the last 10 minutes to earn a 2-1 comeback win at Pittsburgh on September 14 at Ambrose Urbanic Field.
Sophomore Atobra Ampadu scored his first career BC goal in the 80th minute to tie the match at 1-1. Junior Giuliano Frano secured the game-winner with 1:05 left in the match to propel the Eagles to the victory. It was also his first goal as a member of the maroon and gold.
Frano assisted on Ampadu's goal and freshman Zeiko Lewis helped on the game-winner.
The first half was played evenly as BC held a slight advantage in shots, 6-5. Pitt converted on its only shot on goal in the half in the 13th minute. Ryan Myers sent a free kick into the box where it found Zane Meehan at the far post. He put it in to give the Panthers the early lead.
Pitt goalkeeper Dan Lynd made three saves in the first 45 to retain the Panther lead.
Boston College added more pressure in the second half and fired off 12 shots. Ampadu nearly scored the equalizer in the 77th minute but the post kept the ball out of the net, and then a save by Lynd on another Ampadu attempt kept BC scoreless.
He did connect three minutes later though off a pass from Frano. Following the equalizing strike, Lewis fed Frano for the game-winning goal in the 89th minute.
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 six 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 21 career caps and currently plays for FC Nantes in France's Ligue 1.