Oct. 24, 2013
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College men's soccer team travels to No. 14 Clemson on Friday night in a match that will be televised by the Regional Sports Network (NESN in New England).
BC AND CLEMSON MEET AT RIGGS
Boston College will play on the road in three of its last four regular season matches and begins on Friday night by facing No. 14 Clemson at Historic Riggs Field.
The match will be televised by the Regional Sports Network (NESN in New England) and ESPN3. Mike Hogewood and John Rennie will call the action.
The Eagles have lost their last two ACC matches, both at home by one goal each. They are coming off of a 3-2 comeback win against Harvard on Tuesday.
Clemson has lost two of its last three including a 3-1 setback at Charlotte on Tuesday. The Tigers have not lost in their last three ACC matches.
Four of Boston College's six wins have come on the road this season while Clemson is 7-3-0 at home.
Boston College has 10 players that have all scored two goals this season.
There is no other team in the league that has multiple people leading the team with more than one goal. Pittsburgh has four total goals this year all scored by different players.
Eleven different Eagles have scored a goal this year which is tied for the second most in the conference with Maryland and 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 26 points and are three of the top four point scorers for BC.
Frano, Lewis and Normesinu are three of the 10 Eagles that lead the team with two goals.
Lewis leads the ACC with eight assists and Normesinu has two goals 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 scored all six of his points in a four-match span from September 14-27. BC went 3-1-0 in that time.
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 Brendan Hayes scored the first two goals of his collegiate career to lead Boston College to a 3-2 comeback win against Harvard on Tuesday evening at the Newton Campus Field.
The Eagles scored all three goals in the second half after Harvard went into halftime with a 2-0 lead. Hayes scored the first two BC goals to tie the match and then a Harvard own goal in the 74th minute sealed the win.
Junior Atobra Ampadu, sophomore Derrick Boateng and freshman Zeiko Lewis each had assists in the match.
Boston College controlled the pace for almost the whole 90 and owned an 11-5 advantage in shots.
Lewis created a couple of chances for BC in the first half, including 12 minutes in when he passed a short corner to Boateng. Boateng dished back to Lewis who sent a cross into the box. The ball found senior Chris Ager at the back post, but his header went wide of the target.
Fifteen minutes later, Lewis took a ball from the defensive third and went on the attack. He weaved through a couple of defenders and took a shot that rolled wide of the far post.
The Crimson scored their goals in the 32nd and 34th minutes on its first two shots of the game, and they were both in the same fashion. Michael Klain took a throw-in both times from the right side and tossed passes to Kevin Harrington into the box. After Harrington flicked passes with his head backward towards the middle, David Barna drilled home a loose ball after a little scramble for the first goal. On the second goal, Tyler Evans sent a shot off a defender and in for the 2-0 lead.
Hayes struck in the 55th minute to cut the BC deficit to a single goal. Boateng controlled the ball on the left side of the pitch and sent a low cross into the box. Hayes was there waiting and had no trouble putting the shot past the keeper.
The Eagles put together a fantastic equalizer in the 71st minute. Ampadu sent a long through ball to Lewis who was making a run down the left side. Lewis controlled it outside the box and found an open Hayes in the middle who put it away to make it 2-2.
Less than three minutes later, disaster struck for the Crimson as an own goal gave BC the lead and proved to be the game-winner. With the ball at the top of the box, a Harvard defender tried to head the ball back to his keeper. The keeper had come off his line to defend though, and the ball went untouched into the back of the net.
Harvard had a flurry of chances in the waning moments and after a couple of corner kicks, Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu fired a shot towards sophomore Alex Kapp. Kapp made the save and corralled the rebound to preserve the BC win.
That was Kapp's only save of the match. Brett Conrad made two saves for Harvard.
LAST YEAR vs. CLEMSON
The two sides met twice last season, once in Newton and then in Clemson in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament.
Both matches ended in scoreless draws - 220 minutes of shutout soccer.
In the second matchup, the Tigers won in penalty kicks, 3-1, to advance to the semifinals of the ACC Tournament.
The Eagles haven't scored against Clemson since October 8, 2010 - a 1-1 draw at Historic Riggs Field.
The series has been very even since BC joined the conference in 2005. The two teams are 3-3-4 in 10 meetings and both sides have scored seven goals.
SECOND HALF DIFFERENCE
The Eagles have had to play from behind in eight of its 13 matches this year and are 3-4-1 in those contests.
Fifteen of BC's 22 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.
Boston College has trailed in eight of its 13 matches this season and has come back four 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.
Harvard held a 2-0 halftime lead before BC scored three times in the second half to take a 3-2 win on October 22. Junior Brendan Hayes scored his first two collegiate goals and then a Harvard own goal in the 74th minute gave the Eagles the win.
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.
Junior Diego Medina-Mendez has already bettered his production from a season ago with two goals and five 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 a 3-2 win over Syracuse.
Medina-Mendez is tied for fifth 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 two assists. 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 11 of the 22 goals this year and 14 of the 23 assists.
Junior Cole DeNormandie scored two goals against Quinnipiac while freshman Isaac Normesinu assisted both times. Freshman Zeiko Lewis leads the ACC with eight 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 25-10-7 in its last 42 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 26-11-8 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 18-8-7 since 2006.
Boston College's last loss came at the hands of Duke on October 18.
BC BEATS SYRACUSE
Junior Matt Wendelken and sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez both recorded a goal and an assist to lead BC past Syracuse, 3-2, on October 8 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.
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 eight matches this year and made two starts. He has recorded eight 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 23 career caps and currently plays for FC Nantes in France's Ligue 1.