Oct. 5, 2012
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team travels south to take on No. 15 Wake Forest on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Spry Stadium. The match will be aired on the Regional Sports Network and ESPN3.
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EAGLES FACE #15 WAKE FOREST IN WINSTON-SALEM
Boston College travels to Winston-Salem, N.C. to take on No. 15 Wake Forest on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Spry Stadium.
The match can be seen on the Regional Sports Network and ESPN3 with Mike Hogewood and John Rennie on the call.
The Eagles have gone unbeaten in their last four matches after starting the season 2-3-1. They got their first ACC win last Friday night in Newton against NC State, 2-1.
Wake Forest enters the contest with a 4-0-2 mark since its only loss of the season on September 11 at Louisville. The Demon Deacons have not given up a goal since September 18 (four matches).
BC is 4-3-2 all-time against Wake Forest and won last year's meeting at home, 2-0.
RUGG EARNS MULTIPLE HONORS
Senior Charlie Rugg was named the TopDrawerSoccer.com national Player of the Week and ACC Co-Player of the Week for his eight-point performance in two matches last week.
Rugg scored three of the team's six goals last week to lead the Eagles to a 2-0-0 record. He had two goals and an assist in a 4-2 win against Rhode Island then played a part in both goals in a 2-1 win vs. NC State - scoring one and assisting on the other.
The Roslindale, Mass., product played a part in five of the six BC goals in the two matches and scored his three on just six shots. He also tallied the game-winning goal in both contests.
His two goals against URI tied a career high while his five points established a new one. Rugg has scored a point in four-straight matches and has three goals and four assists in that span.
Rugg currently ranks third in the ACC in points (12), fifth in assists (4) and seventh in goals (4).
LAST TIME OUT
Senior Kevin Mejia tallied the equalizing goal in the 31st minute as Boston College tied Harvard, 1-1, Tuesday night at Soldiers Field Soccer Stadium.
Mejia scored his third goal of the season and senior Charlie Rugg was credited with the assist. It was Rugg's fourth straight match with a point.
The Eagles outshot the Crimson, 12-9, and had a 4-1 advantage in corner kicks.
Harvard wasted no time after the opening whistle and scored with just 1:21 expired on the clock. Ross Friedman held the ball deep in the right corner and turned to send a cross into the box. Hiroki Kobayasha was left unmarked and bounced a header into the net for the quick Harvard lead.
The Eagles got their equalizer in the 31st minute when Rugg made a nice pass to a streaking Mejia in the right side of the box. Mejia beat Festa to knot the game up heading into halftime.
BC had the best chance for either side the rest of the way and it came with 15:15 left in regulation. Senior Justin Luthy sent a goal kick that bounced and reached the Harvard goalie box. Freshman Derrick Boateng made a nice hustle play to keep the ball down there; then a Harvard player passed to his right inside the box. Rugg kept fighting for possession and stole the ball, then turned and fired a shot as he fell to the ground. The ball hit the crossbar and stayed out of the net.
LAST YEAR vs. WAKE FOREST
Colin Murphy and Diego Medina-Mendez scored goals to lead No. 16 Boston College to a 2-0 win against Wake Forest on October 7 at the Newton Campus Field.
Murphy found the back of the net at the 23:52 mark in the first half while Medina-Mendez sealed the game when he scored at 78:22. It was Murphy's first goal of the season and Medina-Mendez's fourth.
Kevin Mejia and Charlie Rugg were credited with assists on the first BC goal.
Boston College had a slight 5-3 advantage in shots through the first 20-plus minutes and it was the fifth one that nearly put the Eagles on the board. Mejia narrowly missed his first goal of the season when a blast off his foot was denied by the post.
Murphy succeeded on his chance for BC in the 24th minute when he put away a shot from roughly seven yards out to the left of the keeper.
Wake Forest put a shot on goal in the 34th minute - its only one of the game - but Justin Luthy made the save to secure the 1-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Demon Deacons' best chance to equalize came in the 72nd minute of the second half. Wake earned a corner kick that Ross Tomaselli sent into the box. The ball found Danny Wenzel who headed the ball towards the net, but it hit the crossbar and stayed out of the goal.
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 leads the team in goals (4), assists (4) and points (12). He ranks seventh, fifth and third in the ACC in those categories, respectively.
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.
He scored twice and assisted on another goal in the 4-2 win vs. Rhode Island and then played a part in both BC goals in a 2-1 win vs. NC State.
The Roslindale, Mass., product was named TopDrawerSoccer.com national Player of the Week and ACC Co-Player of the Week for his performance in those two matches.
Rugg has scored a point in each of the last four matches.
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 (27) and points (72).
Senior Justin Luthy has been a mainstay in goal since his arrival on campus four years ago.
He has started 71 matches in goal the last four seasons and ranks among the all-time greats.
He is the all-time Boston College leader in wins (40), setting the mark at Fairfield September 3 with a 1-0 shutout.
He also ranks first in minutes played (6516), fourth in shutouts (19) and fifth in saves (268).
Freshman Derrick Boateng, better known as Nana, is second on the team in goals (3), assists (3) and points (9).
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. 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.
Nana ranks ninth in the ACC in assists (3).
NEWCOMERS MAKING IMPACT
The new faces of Boston College have made quite the impression in 2012.
Local freshman Derrick Boateng is second on the team 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 10 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 nine appearances.
Freshman Alex Kapp started 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.
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 43 matches in his career with 32 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.
This year, Medina-Mendez recorded a pair of assists - a career high - in the 2-1 win against NC State on September 28.
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 scored again on Tuesday night when he tallied the equalizer at Harvard in the 31st minute.
Mejia has nine career goals and 22 points. His only other multiple goal season came back in 2009, his freshman year. He had five goals that season.
EAGLES GET FIRST ACC WIN
Senior Charlie Rugg recorded a goal and an assist to lead BC to a 2-1 win against NC State on September 28 at a rain-soaked Newton Campus Field.
Senior Stefan Carter scored his first goal of the season and sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez assisted on both scores.
Boston College held a 13-6 advantage in shots and a 13-5 lead in corner kicks.
After a scoreless first half, the Boston College offense controlled the pace in the second and it finally paid off in the 62nd minute. On the sixth corner kick of the half, senior Kyle Bekker stood over the ball and sent a bender into the box. Senior Charlie 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.
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 23-6-3 in its last 32 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 24-7-4 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 18-4-4 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).