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No. 10 Men's Soccer Hosts No. 3 North Carolina In Regular-Season Finale




Nov. 1, 2011

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 10 Boston College men's soccer team wraps up the regular season by hosting No. 3 North Carolina Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at the Newton Campus Field.

The Eagles (12-4-0, 4-3-0 ACC) are in fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference after their 2-1 win at Virginia Saturday night. BC is 7-1-0 at home this season and has won all three conference clashes in Newton. North Carolina (13-2-2, 4-1-2) sits atop the ACC standings and is unbeaten in ACC play following its 1-0 loss to Virginia Tech in the conference opener.

EAGLES HOST NORTH CAROLINA IN REGULAR SEASON FINALE
• The No. 10 Boston College men's soccer team closes out the 2011 regular season when it hosts ACC leader No. 3 North Carolina Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
• The Tar Heels own a 5-3-1 record against the Eagles in the all-time series.
• The series is tied 3-3-1 since Boston College joined the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2005. The Eagles have won three of the last five contests but their last triumph came in 2009.
• The two teams tied, 1-1, in the regular season last year in Newton while North Carolina won a 1-0 game in the ACC semifinals.

LAST TIME OUT
• Junior Kevin Mejia played a part in both Boston College goals to lead the Eagles past Virginia, 2-1, Saturday night at Klockner Stadium.
• It was the first time in Mejia's career that he recorded a goal and an assist in the same match.
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez scored BC's second goal which proved to be the game-winner.
• Junior Kyle Bekker assisted on Mejia's goal in the first half.
• Junior Justin Luthy made four saves in net for BC while Virginia's Spencer LaCivita was not credited with any.
• Luthy made a couple of early saves in the first 18 minutes before Mejia connected on the first goal of the game in the 27th minute.
• The Eagles wasted no time in the second half to increase their lead to two goals. Mejia dished a pass to Medina-Mendez who beat the keeper and then finished the chance to make it a 2-0 game in the 48th minute.
• Luthy was forced to make a couple of more saves before the Cavaliers were able to find the back of the net. The Eagles were flagged for a foul in the box in the 70th minute and Brian Span connected on the ensuing penalty kick to cut the deficit in half.

LAST SEASON vs. NORTH CAROLINA
• Boston College went 0-1-1 in a pair of matches last season against the Tar Heels, losing a 1-0 game in the ACC semifinals and getting a 1-1 draw in the regular season match in Newton.
• North Carolina's Enzo Martinez broke a scoreless tie in the 55th minute to lift the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 1-0 victory over No. 5 seed Boston College in the semifinals of the ACC Men's Soccer Championship at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C.
• Martinez notched the game-winner at 54:01, his team-leading ninth goal of the season. Kirk Urso started the decisive attack with a 35-yard shot that was knocked just left of the goal by BC goalkeeper Justin Luthy. Martinez was in position for a quick shot on the rebound, and after his first attempt bounced off the left post, he rebounded his own shot with a goal that gave the Tar Heels a 1-0 lead.
• In the regular season meeting, Conor Fitzpatrick's first-half score was matched by Alex Dixon's second-half tally as the 18th-ranked Eagles and third-ranked Tar Heels battled to a 1-1 ACC tie.

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 11 in all four national polls.

IN ACC MATCHES
• Boston College is 3-0-0 at home in Atlantic Coast Conference matches and finally got its first points on the road with a 2-1 win last Saturday at Virginia.
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez leads the team in goals (4) and points (8) during conference play. He scored the game-winning goal against the Cavaliers in the 48th minute.
• Junior Kyle Bekker has notched a team-best four assists in ACC action and three of them have come at home. He was credited with an assist against Virginia.
• BC had only scored one goal in ACC road matches before its win at Virginia in which it scored twice.
• The Eagles' are better in all statistics at home than on the road including: goals (8-3), goals per game (2.67-0.75), shots (47-46), shots on goal (18-16), shots a game (15.7-11.5), corner kicks (19-15) and goals against average (1.25-2.25).

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 assists (28) and fifth in goals (29) and points (86).
• BC came into this week ranked 27th in the country in scoring offense (1.81) and 32nd in goals scored (29).
• On the other side of the pitch, the maroon and white leads the ACC in shutouts (7) and is third in goals allowed (18) and goals against average (1.11).

MEJIA BREAKS OUT
• Junior Kevin Mejia was knocking on the footsteps of his first goal since 2009 and he finally broke through Saturday night at Virginia.
• Mejia played a part in both Boston College goals to lead the Eagles to a 2-1 win.
• It was the first time in Mejia's career that he recorded a goal and an assist in the same match.
• The Pasadena, Calif. product gave the Eagles the lead in the 27th minute when he put away a shot to the upper left corner from eight yards out with the goalie coming off his line.
• He then assisted on BC's second goal in the 48th minute for a 2-0 lead before Virginia scored in the 70th minute.
• Mejia now has three assists and five points this year.

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 57 matches in goal the last three seasons and was an All-ACC second-team and Freshman Team honoree in 2009.
• In the last nine matches, he has made 36 saves (.857 save percentage) and allowed just six goals (0.66 GAA).
• The Dublin, Ohio product has a 1.12 goals against average this season and has been credited with 61 saves - a .772 save percentage.
• He has helped pitch seven shutouts this season which leads the ACC while being second in save percentage and third in goals against average.

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 has been the catalyst for the attack all season long, leading the team with seven goals, 20 points and four game-winners.
• In his first game of the season against Fairfield, the Oakville, Ontario product provided both goals in a 2-1 triumph against Fairfield.
• 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 October 11.
• Bekker added the lone goal in a 1-0 win at Boston University October 18 and assisted on the game-winner in double overtime against Duke.
• He also recorded an assist last Saturday in the win at Virginia.
• Bekker ranks third in the ACC in game-winning goals (4), fifth in assists (6), seventh in points (20) and eighth in goals (7).

RUGG BURN
• Junior Charlie Rugg has also done his part being a spark for the attack.
• The forward has put up similar numbers as Kyle Bekker with seven goals, five assists and 19 points. He also has four-game winning goals.
• Two of those game-winners have come in overtime victories against ACC opponents - Virginia Tech and Duke.
• Rugg has tallied a point in 11 of the 16 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.
• Rugg put up his seventh goal of the season in dramatic fashion against Duke. He took a pass from Bekker in the 107th minute, gained a step on a Duke defender and beat Blue Devil keeper James Belshaw from 17 yards out.

RUGG TWICE 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 and then earned the honor again on October 25.
• Rugg paced the Boston College offense with a pair of goals in a 3-2 win against George Mason August 26 to earn the first Player of the Week honor.
• 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.
• For his second recognition, Rugg played a part in both of Boston College's game-winning goals in wins against Boston University and Duke. He was credited with the assist on junior Kyle Bekker's goal in the 67th minute at BU in a 1-0 win, and then he scored the game-winner in the 107th minute of the second overtime against Duke.
• It was the second time this season Rugg has scored a game-winning goal in overtime in an ACC match. He also did it against Virginia Tech.

MEDINA-MENDEZ MAKES QUICK IMPACT
• Freshman Diego Medina-Mendez has started 12 matches and appeared in all 16. He is the only freshman to earn a start this season.
• The speedy midfielder has scored six goals and assisted on another for 13 points.
• His six goals rank third on the team and four of them have come in ACC play which leads the squad and ranks fourth in the conference. He scored what proved to be the game-winner Saturday at Virginia.
• The Lindsay, Calif. native had two goals in a three-game span from September 27 to October 7, including what proved to be the game-winner at Brown.
• He also came off the bench and scored a goal in the 79th minute against Wake Forest.

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 is second on the team with five assists, third with 15 points and fourth with five goals.
• Aburmad ranks eighth in the ACC in assists while being second in multiple-point games with four.

AGER ENTERS POINT COLUMN
• Sophomore Chris Ager has started 29 games on defense and it took 20 to record 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 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 against Harvard when he scored both Eagle goals in a 2-0 win.

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.

FIVE WINS, FIVE SHUTOUTS
• The Eagles won five of seven matches dating from September 23 to October 18 and each of those wins came by way of shutout.
• Junior Justin Luthy racked up 22 saves in those five wins, totaling 438:10 in net.
• Boston College held a 65-52 edge in shots against its opposition in the triumphs, but trailed in other statistical categories.
• Opponents got off more corner kicks with a 22-15 advantage and also held a 22-21 lead in shots on goal.
• The last time that BC won five games consecutively by shutout came during the 2004 season when they had seven wins via shutout.

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 7-1-0 this year.
• Boston College is 17-1-3 in its last 21 regular season home games dating back to 2009 and is 21-5-3 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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