MEN'S SOCCER: BC Tops URI In A Shutout
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 26, 2013 08:09
After its high intensity overtime thriller that ended in a tie with Notre Dame on Saturday night, the Boston College men’s soccer team hoped to build on that experience as it headed down to Kingston to take on the University of Rhode Island.
The Rhodys’ season so far had been characterized by offensive struggles. In their first five games, they scored only four goals—three of them coming in their only win over Bryant University. Overall, they had been outscored 11-4. The game against the Eagles was no exception and this time, it was BC that handled Rhode Island and came out on top in a 3-0 rout of the regional foe.
The match was a team effort with scoring contributions from three different BC players, two of whom made their first goals of the season.
From the start of the game, the Eagles got right down to business putting up early offensive pressure. The first score came just under eight minutes into the game when freshman Zeiko Lewis took a pass from Diego Medina-Mendez to score the first goal of his young collegiate career.
The pressure from the Eagles did not relent after just one goal, and over the course of the first half BC outshot URI 12-4. So many shots coaxed a solid performance out of Rhode Island keeper Spenser Thomas, a redshirt sophomore who managed six saves over the course of the game, compared to BC goalie Keady Segel’s one.
Although BC missed a close opportunity in the 24th minute when a URI defender stopped the ball on the goal line and the responding BC shot went wide, the Eagles did not have to wait long after to put their second tally on the scoreboard. Goal number two came about 17 minutes after the first when a URI foul gave Giuliano Frano an opportunity for a penalty kick with which he beat Thomas.
URI managed to hold the Eagles scoreless for the rest of the half, but none of its offensive efforts could break through the BC barriers.
The second half saw an improvement for URI in the shot count—the team improved on the first half by two shots taking a total of six, and there was not nearly the same imbalance in the two teams’ totals as the Eagles only sent off seven. Despite the shot count, however, most of the second half remained scoreless.
The scoring drought continued until the 87th minute of play when Derrick Boateng capitalized off of another Medina-Mendez assist to seal the deal for BC as the clock wound down, giving BC a 3-0 lead. It was his first goal of the season.
Though Lewis, Medina-Mendez, Frano, and Boateng were the only ones to tally points on the board directly, eight different Eagles took shots in their dominant offensive performance, the highest shot count coming from Cole DeNormandie who posted seven.
In stark contrast, only three Rhodys managed to fire off shots, giving Segel only one chance to make a save in an easy shutout.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 3-2-2 overall.