Friday night, Boston College men’s soccer held No. 3 Clemson (8-2-3) scoreless in a double-overtime tie. This is the Eagles' second tie in a week, following last Friday’s 1-1 match against ACC opponent Louisville. Boston College, currently unranked, hasn’t defeated Clemson since 2009.
In this home-field ACC match up, Boston College outperformed the Tigers on defense, managing to keep them on their side of the field for the majority of the game. BC, led by sophomore Trevor Davock, dominated offensively, outshooting Clemson 9:5. The Eagles also took 12 corner kicks while limiting the Tigers to just 2. However, neither team managed to finish for all 110 minutes of play.
The intensity came almost immediately after kickoff, an early drive to goal by Davock in the third minute resulted in a shot to the crossbar. From there, it looked like Clemson had stolen the game’s momentum; the Tigers controlled the ball for most of the first half. But as the time wore on with no one being able to capitalize, the Eagles settled into a calm and confident rhythm while the Tigers grew increasingly frantic. While Davock was the key offensive player for Boston College, sophomore Joshua Forbes proved to be the defensive star of the game, making sure to keep high pressure on Clemson’s attackers and playing an integral role in foiling their advances on goal.
With the start of the second half, a noticeable momentum-shift gave BC the advantage. The Eagles slowed down their play from a slightly scattered first half and were able to control the ball down the entire field, even in the face of an increasingly frustrated and physical Tiger defense. But in a game riddled with opportunities from penalty and corner kicks, neither team managed to put the ball in the net.
This comes as a small victory for the Eagles (6-4-2 overall, 2-2-2 ACC) after a 1-0 loss to Harvard this past Tuesday - not to mention that tying the No.3 team in the nation is no small feat. The Eagles will hit the road to face No. 24 UConn next Tuesday and ACC rival Wake Forest the following Saturday.
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