BC Men’s Soccer Defeats Defending National Champs, Looks Ahead

The lowest point in the Boston College men's soccer team's season was against No. 6 Wake Forest, when the team lost 5-0 at home.

After the loss, associate head coach John Murphy characterized the young team’s performance as a “good lesson.” He remarked that this year’s team is very young and thus many of the players are still getting the hang of life as collegiate student-athletes. Murphy and the rest of the coaching staff were confident the team would remain competitive throughout the remainder of the season so long as they were “consistent in their efforts.”

It appears the team has learned its lesson.

Last Friday, the BC men’s soccer team took on the defending national champions, the University of Virginia Cavaliers, and managed an impressive victory. The Eagles braved the rain, mud and the Newton bus route to win a close game. The final score was 2-1.

Going into the match, Virginia was ranked No. 10 in the NCAA national rankings. On October 12, two days after BC’s victory, the NCAA released its updated rankings. In the new listing, BC is now ranked No. 9 in the nation, while Virginia dropped 11 spots to No. 21. The NCAA uses a quantity system, called the  rating percentage index (RPI), based on a team’s wins, losses and the difficulty of the schedule. Ultimately, BC's turnaround from a grueling loss against Wake Forest was apparent in the newest NCAA rankings.

With a current record of 8-3-1, the Eagles are looking to further improve their status on the national level in games to come. This record is a far cry from the team’s last season record (4-3-4) from the same date last year.

The Eagles face the University of Louisville this Friday, October 16, away at Louisville in Kentucky. The Louisville Cardinals are ranked No. 4 by the NCAA, with a 4-5-3 record. While the Eagles will be a favorite, the game will likely be a good match against another ACC team.

With four regular season games left before the start of the ACC championship tournament, the BC Eagles hope that the tough lessons they’ve learned throughout the season have prepared them for battles ahead. The upcoming games hold much excitement for a team coming off underdog wins and youthful gains.

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