MEN'S SOCCER: Dartmouth Forces Eagles Into 3-2 Overtime Loss On The Road
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 02:09
The Boston College men’s soccer team (1-2-1, 0-0-1 ACC) looked to rebound on the road Monday night at Dartmouth (1-0-1, 0-0-0) after suffering a conference loss over the weekend. The Eagles came out aggressively on offense and were able to record the first two goals of the match midway through the first half. Despite this early surge of energy, the Big Green prevailed, scoring three unanswered goals to gain a double-overtime win at home.
BC started the scoring off in the 28th minute of play. Freshman Zeiko Lewis had been controlling the ball in front of the Dartmouth net when he found junior Diego Medina-Mendez to his left, who made a move on the Dartmouth goaltender and net his first goal of the season. Less than a minute later, the Eagles were able to capitalize on a Dartmouth goaltending error, when Medina-Mendez controlled a loose ball in the box and fed it to junior Nick Butler, who found the back of the net for his first goal of the season, putting the Eagles up 2-0.
Just six minutes later, the Big Green was able to cut the deficit in half. With just 10 minutes left in the half, sophomore Alberto Gorini struck a corner kick which found the foot of senior Colin Skelly, who relayed the ball to junior Justin Rosner. Rosner was able to put the ball in the back of the net for his first goal of the season, giving the Big Green momentum heading into halftime.
The Eagles recorded eight shots on goal in the first half, while the Big Green recorded four. Dartmouth held the advantage on corner kicks with a first half total of seven, compared to none taken by BC. Eagle sophomore goalie Alex Kapp collected one save in the first half, while Dartmouth freshman goalie James Hickok collected two.
The Eagles fought hard on both ends of the field in the second half to preserve their lead. In the 84th minute of play, an Eagle player was given a red card and the team was forced to play a man down. It did not take long for Dartmouth to capitalize on the BC mistake, when just two minutes later junior Colin Heffron crossed it to freshman Alexander Marsh who was able to net the ball and tie the score at two with just minutes remaining in the contest.
Dartmouth tallied 10 shots in the second half compared to five by BC. Kapp collected three saves for the Eagles in the final half of regulation, while Hickok collected two for the Big Green.
In the first overtime period, both teams fought hard in an attempt to end the match. The Eagles and the Big Green unsuccessfully registered two shots apiece on net before the period came to a close.
Just four minutes into the second overtime period, Dartmouth was able to come away victorious. Kapp made an impressive save on a shot inside the box by Dartmouth’s junior Alex Adelabu. Adelabu fought for the loose ball in front of the net and was able to help deflect it to the center of the box, where junior Robin Alnas was waiting to score the game-winning goal for the Big Green.
The Eagles found themselves in their third overtime contest in just their fourth match of the year.
Kapp recorded a career high seven saves in the game for BC, while Hickok recorded five for Dartmouth. The Big Green was able to overcome an early deficit and overpower the Eagles offensively. Dartmouth had 19 shots on goal, while the Eagles had 17. The Big Green also led the contest in corner kicks taken with 10, compared to three taken by the Eagles.