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No. 16 Men's Soccer Hosts Wake Forest Friday Night




Oct. 6, 2011

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 16 Boston College men's soccer team returns home from a three-game road trip to host ACC opponent Wake Forest Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field.

The Eagles (7-3-0, 1-2-0 ACC) went 2-1-0 in their trio of road games, falling at NC State last Friday, 2-1. The Demon Deacons (5-4-1, 2-2-0) enter the match having won their last three games, including a 1-0 double overtime win against Virginia Tech last weekend. Wake Forest has only played once on the road this year and lost, 4-1, at Duke.

EAGLES HOST WAKE FOREST FRIDAY
• The No. 16 Boston College men's soccer team returns home to face ACC foe Wake Forest Friday night at the Newton Campus Field.
• BC is 3-3-2 all-time against the Demon Deacons with the first meeting coming in 2005 when the Eagles joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Boston College is 2-0-1 at home against Wake Forest and has won the last two meetings in Newton by a score of 1-0. The first match against the two teams in 2005 was played in Newton to a 1-1 draw.
• Last year, BC lost 4-3 at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. as the Demon Deacons scored all four goals in the second half.

LAST TIME OUT
• 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 then-No. 13 Boston College last Friday night at Dail Soccer Field.
• Junior 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. 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.
• Bekker equalized the match in the 29th minute when he stepped up to the ball on a free kick from 30 yards out. He sent a shot into the back of the net for the game-tying score.
• NC State notched a late game-winner to take the win. After junior Justin Luthy saved a Kollie shot at 84:39, Kollie got the ball again less than two minutes later and finished it for the win.

LAST TIME vs. WAKE FOREST
Edvin Worley and Charlie Rugg each tallied second-half scores, but host Wake Forest used four second-half goals of its own, including three from sophomore Andy Lubahn, to earn a 4-3 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over No. 18 Boston College before 1,864 fans at Spry Stadium.
• The loss marked Boston College's first since Sept. 28 at Connecticut, a span of seven games during which the team went 4-0-3.
• Boston College took a 1-0 lead off a Wake Forest own goal scored after a corner kick taken by Amit Aburmad in the 43rd minute. BC led by that score at halftime.
• Wake Forest got on the scoreboard 4:45 into the second half when junior Luke Norman netted the equalizer in the 50th minute.
• Lubahn then lifted Wake Forest to its first lead - at 2-1 - at the 58th minute on the first of a flurry of three goals - two for the Demon Deacons (both scored by Lubahn) and one for the Eagles - in a span of just 2:13.
• Lubahn doubled the Wake Forest lead on his second goal of the match just 58 seconds after his first. BC's Worley brought the visiting Eagles back within one goal - at 3-2 - on his sixth of the season at 59:33.
• Lubahn later completed his hat trick by tallying the decisive goal in the 71st minute.
• Rugg concluded the game's scoring on his seventh goal of the season - an unassisted tally - in the 89th minute.

POLL VAULTERS
• Boston College rocketed into the top 10 of three different national polls following its 4-0 start to the season.
• The NSCAA gave the Eagles the biggest bump, moving them to No. 8 after having been ranked 16th the week before.
• College Soccer News also ranked BC at No. 8 - up five spots from the No. 13 slot it held - while Soccer America moved BC from No. 18 to No. 14.
• Top Drawer Soccer ranked the Eagles highest at No. 7, improving four spots from the week prior.
• The Eagles are currently ranked in the top 20 in all four national polls.

HOT START
• Boston College started out the season 4-0-0 for just the second time in program history. It also did it in 2004 - its last year playing in the Big East.
• BC beat Brown, Cal State Northridge, Syracuse and Boston University that season. The win against the Orange was the only one on the road.
• The Eagles have never gone undefeated in the first five games of a season.

TEAM STATS
• The Boston College attack had been firing on all cylinders before the shutout it suffered at No. 2 Maryland, scoring 12 goals in the first four matches.
• The Eagles rank fourth in the Atlantic Coast Conference in goals (20), assists (20) and points (60).
• BC came into this week ranked 18th in the country in goals scored and 24th in scoring offense (2.00).
• On the other side of the pitch, the maroon and white ranks second in the ACC in shutouts (4) and third in saves (44).

ABURMAD-NESS
• Senior Amit Aburmad has gotten off to a torrid start this season. He has five goals and five assists in the first 10 contests.
• Aburmad ranks fourth in the ACC in assists (5), seventh in points (15) and ninth in goals (5).
• The Zofim, Israel product ranks nationally in the top 25 in assists (18th) and points (20th).
• He has scored five times on 23 shots and has 11 shots on goal.
• Aburmad also ranks second in the ACC in multiple-point games with four.

LUTHY ANCHORS THE DEFENSE
• Junior Justin Luthy has been a mainstay in goal since his arrival on campus three years ago.
• He has started all 51 matches in goal the last three seasons and was an All-ACC second-team and Freshman Team honoree in 2009.
• Through the first four games of the season, he allowed just three goals in 353 minutes of action. He was replaced with seven minutes to go in a 5-0 win against Quinnipiac.
• The Dublin, Ohio product has a 1.41 goals against average and has been credited with 44 saves - a .759 save percentage.
• He has helped pitch four shutouts this season which ranks second in the ACC while being fourth in save percentage.
• Luthy also ranks third in the conference and 26th in the country in saves.

LUTHY'S CAREER NIGHT
• Junior Justin Luthy had to do everything he could to give BC a 1-0 win at Rhode Island September 23.
• He recorded his second shutout of the season, saving a career-high 12 shots in the process.
• Eight of those saves came in the second half, including five in the final 8:30 of play.
• The 12 saves are the most in a match in the ACC this season and it is the only double-digit save performance in the conference this year.
• It was also the most saves by an ACC keeper since Duke's James Belshaw had 15 on September 3, 2010.

BEND IT LIKE BEKKER
• Junior Kyle Bekker had to sit out the season opener due to a red card he received in the NCAA Tournament game at Brown last season, but he has made an impact since.
• In his first game of the season against Fairfield, the Oakville, Ontario product provided both goals in a 2-1 triumph.
• His first goal came in the 68th minute to break a scoreless tie and his other was on a free kick from 19 yards out in the 87th minute to win the game.
• In the 5-0 win vs. Quinnipiac, he tallied a goal and an assist and then he also provided a helper September 4 at No. 22 Dartmouth.
• Bekker tallied three assists in a three game span from September 4-16. He had one in a win at Dartmouth and then picked up two more in a 4-3 home victory against Virginia Tech.
• He scored against NC State last Friday for his first goal since September 1.
• Bekker ranks sixth in the ACC in assists (4) and 10th in points (12).

RUGG BURN
• Junior Charlie Rugg has also done his part being a spark for the attack.
• The forward has put up a team-leading six goals to go along with a pair of assists.
• Rugg has tallied a point in seven of the 10 matches this season.
• He scored twice in a 3-2 season-opening win against George Mason and earned ACC Player of the Week honors for his performance.
• He recorded an assist against Fairfield and then found the back of the net again vs. Quinnipiac.
• Rugg added another assist in the 2-0 win at No. 22 Dartmouth.
• He has scored three times in the last five matches and two of them (vs. Virginia Tech, at Rhode Island) proved to be game-winners.
• The goal against the Hokies came in the third minute of overtime off a corner and then the one at Rhode Island came just 1:58 after the opening whistle.
• Rugg ranks third in the ACC in game-winning goals (3), sixth in goals and eighth in points (14).

RUGG NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK
• Junior Charlie Rugg was named the first Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Soccer Player of the Week this year.
• Rugg paced the Boston College offense with a pair of goals in a 3-2 win against George Mason August 26.
• His first score came in the 44th minute to give the Eagles a 2-0 edge.
• After Mason made it a 2-1 game with a tally in the 79th minute, Rugg beat a couple of defenders by himself in the left side of the box and then beat the keeper for the game-winning goal in the 89th minute.
• It was the third time in his career that he scored a pair of goals in a match, and the first since 2009.
• In addition to the conference honor, Rugg was also recognized by regional and national outlets. College Soccer News and Top Drawer Soccer both named him to their respective National Teams of the Week.
• He was also named the SoccerSavings.com/New England Soccer News College Player of the Week.

MEDINA-MENDEZ MAKES QUICK IMPACT
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez has settled into his starting role.
• The speedy midfielder has scored three goals and assisted on another for seven points this season.
• His three goals rank fourth on the team.
• The Lindsay, Calif. native has two goals in the last five games, including what proved to be the game-winner at Brown September 27.
• He also found the back of the net against Virginia Tech on September 16 to give BC a 2-1 lead in an eventual 4-3 overtime win.

AGER ENTERS POINT COLUMN
• Sophomore Chris Ager has started 23 games on defense but finally recorded his first career goal and assist - and both came in the same game.
• The Gjettum, Norway product scored and assisted on another goal in BC's 4-3 overtime win against Virginia Tech on September 16.
• Ager headed in a corner kick from junior Kyle Bekker in the 29th minute to tie the game, then assisted on the next score less than two minutes later to give the Eagles a 2-1 edge.

GOALS COME IN PAIRS
• Goal scoring came in bunches in the first two matches of the season.
• In the season opener against George Mason, junior Charlie Rugg recorded two goals to lead the Eagles to a 3-2 victory.
• Rugg had a goal in each half, including what proved to be the game-winner in the 89th minute.
• It was the third time in his career that he scored twice, the last coming in 2009.
• In the next contest against Fairfield, junior Kyle Bekker made his first appearance of the season with a bang.
• He scored both BC goals in a 2-1 win against Fairfield.
• It was the first multi-goal game of Bekker's career, who peppered the net with a game-high eight shots.
• His first goal came in the 68th minute to break a scoreless tie and his other was on a free kick from 19 yards out in the 87th minute to win the game.

HURRICANE IRENE
• Hurricane Irene wreaked havoc up and down the east coast on the first weekend of the season.
• The storm forced BC to postpone its match against Fairfield on Sunday, August 28.
• The game was played the next day and the Eagles won, 2-1.

OFFENSIVE OUTBURST
• Boston College scored five goals in a 5-0 shutout victory against Quinnipiac September 1.
• Senior Amit Aburmad scored two second half goals and assisted on another to lead the squad.
• It was the most goals scored by the Eagles since an 8-0 win against Maine on September 18, 2007.
• Aburmad established a career high with five points in the match. It was also the first time he scored two goals in his career.
• Junior Kyle Bekker recorded a goal and an assist.
• Junior Charlie Rugg scored a goal while freshman Diego Medina-Mendez found the back of the net for the first time in his BC career.
• Junior Stefan Carter and sophomore Ryan Dunn were both credited with assists. It was the first of Carter's career.

TOUGH AT HOME
• BC has been hard to beat at the Newton Campus Field over the last two seasons.
• The Eagles went 6-0-3 at home in 2010 and are off to a 4-1-0 start this year.
• Boston College is 14-1-3 in its last 18 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 18-5-3 overall in Newton since 2009.
• BC's last home loss came at the hands of Connecticut on September 20.
• Prior to that, the Eagles had won were unbeaten in their last 13 home matches.

THREE CAPTAINS NAMED
• The Eagles selected sophomore D Chris Ager, senior D/M Conor Fitzpatrick and junior D/M Colin Murphy as captains for the 2011 season.
• Ager is serving as team captain for the second time after starting the last 20 games dating back to 2010.
• Fitzpatrick has been a mainstay on the pitch since his arrival on campus, starting 63 games and appearing in 64. He has seven goals and two assists in his first three seasons.
• Murphy earned valuable international experience by representing New Zealand in the U-20 World Cup over the summer. He has played in 47 games with 44 starts at BC.

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