Oct. 11, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team will host No. 12 North Carolina on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field.
BC HOSTS NORTH CAROLINA SATURDAY
The Eagles are 4-1-1 in their last six contests and won a 3-2 match against Syracuse on Tuesday evening in Newton.
North Carolina has not won since September 17 and is 0-2-3 in its last five matches. It lost to Clemson in overtime on Tuesday in Chapel Hill.
The Tar Heels are 1-0-3 on the road this season.
Boston College has eight players that have all scored two goals this season.
Clemson and North Carolina are the only other teams in the league that have multiple people leading the team with more than one goal. They both have two players that are tied for the team lead.
Pittsburgh has four total goals this year all scored by different players.
Ten different Eagles have scored a goal this year which is tied for the second most in the conference with Wake Forest.
Virginia has scored with 12 different players.
NEWCOMERS SPARKING OFFENSE
Junior Giuliano Frano, freshman Zeiko Lewis and freshman Isaac Normesinu have combined to score 22 points and are three of the top four point scorers for BC.
Frano and Lewis are two of five Eagles that lead the team with two goals.
Lewis leads the ACC with six assists and Normesinu has a goal and four assists.
Frano 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.
Frano has scored all six of his points this season in the last six matches.
Lewis assisted on Frano's game-winner at Pitt. He was also credited with the game-winning goal at Rhode Island and scored his other at Maryland.
LAST TIME OUT
Junior Matt Wendelken and sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez both recorded a goal and an assist to lead Boston College past Syracuse, 3-2, on Tuesday evening at the Newton Campus Field.
Junior Nick Butler scored the game-winning goal in the 58th minute. Freshman Zeiko Lewis tallied a pair of assists and classmate Isaac Normesinu also had one. Sophomore Alex Kapp made three saves in goal for his first win of the season.
Boston College took an early 2-0 lead with goals in the sixth and eighth minutes. Medina-Mendez handled the ball outside the box on the left hand side and sent a short cross towards the middle. Wendelken bounced a header past the SU keeper to give the Eagles a 1-0 edge.
Less than two minutes later, Medina-Mendez tallied a goal of his own from the top of the box off of passes from Lewis and Normesinu.
The Orange got one of the goals back in the 15th minute. Oyvind Alseth started the attack when he found Chris Nanco on the left side of the box near the end line. He sent a pass towards the middle and Emil Ekblom got a foot on it to find the back of the net.
Syracuse scored the equalizer in the second half in the 53rd minute. Jordan Murrell launched a long pass from his position at left back to a streaking Ekblom down the left side of the pitch. A nice first touch gave him some space to shoot and he found the far side of the net to make it a 2-2 game.
A little over five minutes later, BC struck again in what proved to be the game-winner. The Eagles earned a corner kick on the right side that Lewis took. His cross went to the far side of the box where Wendelken got a head on it to redirect towards the middle. The 6-4 Butler took another head to the ball and beat the keeper to give the lead back to the home side.
There was no shortage of drama the rest of the way as both sides had chances to do more damage. Kapp made a couple of big saves down the stretch, including one at the 27:57 mark when Juuso Pasanen hit a blast that deflected off of someone.
Junior Giuliano Frano nearly added an insurance goal with 21 minutes left when his blast from 28 yards out deflected off the left post.
Kapp made another huge save with 15 minutes to go when Grant Chong sent a low shot at him. Kapp dove to his right and got his fingers on it, and the ball grazed off the post and went out of bounds.
A red card was issued to Syracuse in the 79th minute but it managed to keep the pressure on BC. The Orange spent a good amount of time on attack in the last 10 minutes, but only came away with one shot that was blocked by a BC defender.
LAST TIME vs. NORTH CAROLINA
Andy Craven scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead No. 3 North Carolina to a 4-0 win against BC on November 1, 2012 in Chapel Hill.
Danny Garcia, Raby George and Alex Olofson accounted for the other three North Carolina goals. Mikey Lopez had an assist.
The Tar Heels held a 6-1 advantage in shots in the first half. Craven got the first shot on goal six minutes after the opening whistle when he received a pass in the middle of the box during a run. His shot was saved by Justin Luthy.
Diego Medina-Mendez put a header wide of the target three minutes later to account for BC's only first half shot, then UNC got on the board in the 20th minute.
Lopez controlled the ball at the top of the box 25 yards out. He faked a shot, then dished to an unmarked Craven to his left in the box. Craven touched it and then lofted a shot to the far side, which hit the inside of the post and went in to give the Tar Heels the lead.
North Carolina doubled their lead seven minutes into the second half following a BC foul 20 yards out on top of the box. Garcia took the free kick, and beat the wall and the keeper to give UNC a 2-0 lead.
In the 66th minute, a North Carolina foul gave BC a free kick from 30 yards out. Kyle Bekker tried to send a ball into the box, but it was blocked and rolled towards Ryan Dunn. Dunn took a chance at goal, but his blast was wide of the net and the diving keeper.
Jason Abbott got the Eagles' first shot on goal in the 78th minute, but it was saved by Scott Goodwin to keep BC off the board. Olofson and George then put the match out of reach with goals in the 79th and 82nd minutes, respectively.
Boston College has trailed in five of its 10 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 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 five of its 10 matches this year and are 2-2-1 in those contests.
Eleven of BC's 18 goals have come in the second half or overtime.
Defensively, the Eagles have allowed five goals after halftime and two of them came in a 3-2 double overtime loss at Dartmouth.
Three of the goals have been scored while BC was playing with 10 men.
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 is second on the team in assists (5) and points (9), and is tied for the team lead in goals (2).
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.
The Lindsay, Calif., product had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 win over Syracuse.
Medina-Mendez ranks third in the ACC in assists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 10 of the 18 goals this year and 12 of the 19 assists.
Junior Cole DeNormandie scored two goals against Quinnipiac while freshman Isaac
Normesinu assisted both times. Freshman Zeiko Lewis leads the ACC with six 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 two assists.
Sophomore Atobra Ampadu has scored two goals, including the game-winner at NC State, and junior Nick Butler has also scored two.
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.
EAGLES GET ROAD WIN AT NC STATE
Boston College scored two second half goals in a 2-1 victory over NC State on September 27 at Dail Soccer Stadium in Raleigh.
Junior Matt Wendelken scored his first career goal at BC in the 47th minute to give the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Wendelken scored on a header off a free kick from freshman Zeiko Lewis. He directed the ball into the right far post. It was the fourth assist of the season for Lewis.
BC's lead lasted until the 64th minute of play when Clement Simonin scored off a corner kick. It was his third goal of the season.
The Eagles took the lead for good with 10 minutes left in the match when sophomore Atobra Ampadu sent a low shot to the left of goal from the top of the box. It was the BC midfielder's second goal of the season. Junior Giuliano Frano registered the assist on the go-ahead goal.
Junior Keady Segel made eight saves to pick up his fourth win of the season. NC State's Nazmi Albadawi had two chances - one in the 82nd minute and a dangerous attempt in the 89th minute - which Segel turned away for the win. NC State's goalkeeper Fabian Otte had one save.
Boston College had three shots on goal, while NC State had nine. Both teams had six corner kicks in the match.
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 PRESEASON ACC 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 seven 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 professional 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.