Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 7, 2013 00:10
For the first 45 minutes against Maryland, the men’s soccer team was pounded. A goal with a quarter of an hour remaining in the first half proved the winner for the Terps, who fended off a comeback from the Eagles in the game’s final moments to win 2-1.
The Terps' opener was their fastest of the season. A cross from senior Sunny Jane found the head of Michael Sauers. The Maryland freshman made no mistake with his head from five yards out.
BC’s Alex Kapp kept the Eagles in the game with two first half saves. Despite the pressure from Maryland, the Terps only managed to put a pair of shots on goal in the first half of play. The Eagles defense was led by Nick Butler, Nick Corliss, Matt Wendelken, and freshman Amit Shumowitz.
Recording 12 fouls over the course of the evening, the Eagles were physical and dealt with Maryland’s attack as best they could.
Ed Kelly’s team incurred a run of bad luck 30 minutes into the game, when a Maryland cross deflected off a BC defender and into the net. Kapp could do nothing about the pinball action and the Terps went into the break having doubled their lead.
Out of the intermission, a trio of Maryland shots missed the frame. Cole DeNormandie’s effort in the 58th minute went wide.
The forward was replaced by Isaac Normesinu in the 60th minute. Normesinu was an impact sub for the Eagles and 15 minutes after being summoned by Kelly, he provided fellow freshman Zeiko Lewis with an assist. The right winger threaded a through-ball to Lewis, finishing a give-and-go between the pair. Lewis then struck the ball from ten yards out for his second goal of the season.
In the second half, the Eagles were much improved. They increased the amount of attempts they had on goal to seven, which was equal with Maryland’s total for that half. BC forced Maryland keeper Zack Steffen into making two saves in the second period of play.
“It’s a very good win on the heels of a very difficult Tuesday night match,” said Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski in a post-game interview with Soccer America.
The Terp’s head coach touted his team’s dominance of the match as well.
“I thought we played very well in the first half and were maybe unfortunate to not have a bigger cushion than we did. Credit Boston College on being very composed and finding a great goal at the end to make it interesting,” Cirovski said.
Normesinu’s caution in the 75th minute was the only disciplinary action official Ted Unkel had to take the whole night, despite the game’s 20 fouls.
The 2-1 defeat snapped the Eagles’s four game unbeaten run, and dropped them to 9th in the ACC standings.