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In an exciting start to the ACC Championship Tournament, Boston College Men’s Soccer edged out Virginia Tech in a penalty shootout this Wednesday night to advance to the ACC quarterfinal.
The Eagles and the Hokies battled for 110 minutes to a 2-2 tie heading into the shootout, but in the end it all came down to the final save by sophomore goalkeeper Cedric Saladin.
The matchup was bound to be a nail-biter from the start, the No. 8 Eagles ranked just one spot above No. 9 Virginia Tech in the ACC. Although the Hokies scored first, with less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Boston College senior Zeiko Lewis answered about ten minutes later with his fourth goal of the season off an assist by classmate Isaac Normesinu. And when VT edged ahead in the 84th minute, Lewis responded again in the 85th minute thanks to a cross from sophomore Simon Enstrom to lock the teams in a tie.
College soccer fans rarely see a penalty shootout, but tonight’s game required a winner to determine which team would advance to the quarterfinals of the ACC Championships. Tomas Gudmundsson, Joshua Forbes, Lewis, and Younes Boudadi all found the net on their penalty kicks to eliminate Virginia Tech, with two kicks blocked by Saladin, from the tournament.
The Eagles will travel to Chapel Hill this Sunday to face No. 1 UNC in the quarterfinals of the ACC Championships. Boston College will be looking to avenge their 0-5 defeat from its September matchup with the Tar Heels.
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