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No. 14 Men's Soccer Travels To Clemson Friday




Oct. 13, 2011

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 14 Boston College men's soccer team takes to the road once again as it travels to South Carolina to face Clemson Friday night at Historic Riggs Field.

The Eagles (9-3-0, 2-2-0 ACC) have won four of their last five matches and all of them have been shutouts. Clemson (3-7-0, 1-4-0) has been shut out in each of their last three outings which were all losses.

Boston College is winless in three matches at Historic Riggs Field. Its best result came last season in a 1-1 draw.

EAGLES HEAD SOUTH TO CLEMSON
• The No. 14 Boston College men's soccer team hits the road again to face ACC opponent Clemson Friday night at Historic Riggs Field.
• BC is 3-2-2 all-time against the Tigers with the first meeting coming in 2005 when the Eagles joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.
• Boston College is winless in three matches at Historic Riggs Field. Its best result came last season in a 1-1 draw. BC lost at Clemson in 2005 and 2007.

LAST TIME OUT
• Junior Kyle Bekker scored a pair of first-half goals to lead the No. 14 Eagles to a 2-0 win against Harvard Tuesday afternoon at the Newton Campus Field.
• The goals were Bekker's fifth and sixth of the season and it was his second two-goal performance of the year.
• Juniors Kevin Mejia and Charlie Rugg assisted on the first BC goal.
• Junior Justin Luthy had to make three saves to earn the sixth shutout of the season by the Eagles.
• Boston College took control early in the game by scoring on the first shot of the match in the sixth minute. The offense patiently controlled the ball in its half of the field and then a couple of quality touches by Rugg and Mejia gave Bekker an open look. He sent the shot in from the top of the box and beat the keeper to the right for the 1-0 BC lead.
• BC increased its lead to two goals with 4:44 left in the first half. Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez found junior Isaac Taylor on the right side of the pitch and he sent a cross into the box. The Harvard keeper dove from his line and deflected it away, but not from danger. Bekker got to it and put a shot on net, bouncing off a defender and across the goal line for the 2-0 cushion.

LAST TIME VS. CLEMSON
• Edvin Worley blasted a rebound with his right foot past Clemson goalkeeper Cody Mizell in the 69th minute to tie the score and the 17th-ranked Eagles and Tigers played to a 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference tie at Historic Riggs Field in Clemson, S.C.
• Down one goal, which Clemson scored in the eighth minute of the match, Kyle Bekker connected with classmate Kevin Mejia on a long cross. Mejia's header on net was saved by the outstretched left hand of Mizell. Worley connected on the rebound with a hard right-footed kick for his third goal of the season at 68:08.
• Just 1:06 after Worley's tying score, Patrick Chin was issued his second yellow card of the match and the Eagles played the final 40:46 of combined regulation and sudden-victory overtime down one man.
• Clemson scored its lone goal of the match early. K.C. Onyeador tallied his first collegiate goal at 7:52. Wes Nelson and Nick Burton assisted on the score.

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 16 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.

FOUR WINS, FOUR SHUTOUTS
• The Eagles have won four of their last five matches dating back to September 23 and each win has come by way of shutout.
• Junior Justin Luthy has racked up 19 saves in those four wins, totaling 348:10 in net.
• Boston College holds a slight edge in shots against its opposition in the triumphs, 46-41, but trail in other statistical categories.
• Opponents are getting off more than twice the corners with a 21-10 advantage and also have a 19-15 edge in shots on goal.
• The last time that BC won four games with shutouts came at the beginning of the 2007 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 (24), assists (24) and points (72).
• BC came into this week ranked 21st in the country in scoring offense (2.00) and 24th in goals scored.
• On the other side of the pitch, the maroon and white ranks second in the ACC in shutouts (6) and fourth in saves (48).

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 53 matches in goal the last three seasons and was an All-ACC second-team and Freshman Team honoree in 2009.
• In the last five matches, he has made 23 saves (.920 save percentage) and allowed just two goals (0.40 GAA).
• The Dublin, Ohio product has a 1.18 goals against average this season and has been credited with 48 saves - a .774 save percentage.
• He has helped pitch six shutouts this season which ranks second in the ACC while being second in save percentage and third 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.
• After three scoreless matches from September 20-27, Bekker has three goals in the last three outings.
• He scored against NC State September 30 for his first goal since September 1 and then added both goals in a 2-0 win against Harvard Tuesday afternoon.
• Bekker ranks third in the ACC in game-winning goals (3), sixth in goals (6), seventh in points (16) and eighth in assists (4).

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 four assists.
• Rugg has tallied a point in nine of the 12 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 scored three goals in a five-game span from September 16-27 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.
• The Roslindale, Mass. product has pitched in with an assist in each of the last two matches.
• Rugg ranks third in the ACC in game-winning goals (3), sixth in goals (6), seventh in points (16) and eighth in assists (4).

ABURMAD-NESS
• Senior Amit Aburmad got off to a torrid start in the first six matches this season. He had five goals and four assists in that span - both of those numbers led the team.
• He currently leads the team with five assists and is third with five goals and 15 points.
• Aburmad ranks fourth in the ACC in assists, ninth in points and 10th in goals.
• The Zofim, Israel product ranks 28th nationally in assists and 24th in assists per game (0.50).
• He has scored five times on 26 shots and has 12 shots on goal.
• Aburmad also ranks second in the ACC in multiple-point games with four.

MEDINA-MENDEZ MAKES QUICK IMPACT
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez has started nine matches and appeared in all 12. He is the only freshman to earn a start this season.
• The speedy midfielder has scored four goals and assisted on another for nine points.
• His four goals rank fourth on the team.
• The Lindsay, Calif. native has two goals in the last four matches, including what proved to be the game-winner at Brown September 27.
• He also came off the bench and scored a goal in the 79th minute against Wake Forest October 7.

AGER ENTERS POINT COLUMN
• Sophomore Chris Ager has started 23 games on defense before finally recording 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.

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.

GOALS COME IN PAIRS
• Goal scoring came in bunches in the first three 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.
• Senior Amit Aburmad scored two second half goals and assisted on another to lead the BC to a 5-0 win against Quinnipiac.
• Aburmad established a career high with five points in the match. It was also the first time he scored two goals in his career.
• Bekker added two more goals to his season total on Tuesday when he scored both Eagle goals in a 2-0 win against Harvard.

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 6-1-0 start this year.
• Boston College is 16-1-3 in its last 20 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 20-5-3 overall in Newton since 2009.
• BC's last home loss came at the hands of Connecticut on September 20.
• Prior to that, the Eagles 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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