Boston College fell 1-0 at No. 3 Clemson Wednesday night in the semifinal game of the ACC Tournament. The Eagles held the Tigers scoreless until the 88th minute, but a late Clemson goal knocked the Eagles out of the bracket.
Despite postseason star senior Zeiko Lewis’ fervent attacks on goal, the No. 25 Eagles ultimately failed to put the ball in the net. The Tigers ended the game leading shot attempts thanks to their overall aggressive style of play that edged out Boston College with only two minutes left in the game.
Sophomore goalkeeper Cedric Saladin tallied six saves to Clemson’s three, bringing his season total to an impressive 63. Saladin led the Eagles to six shut-out victories in 2016, playing in every match and starting all but one.
Despite a strong keeper, the rest of the Eagles’ defense started to scatter towards the end of the game in the face of a relentless Tiger offense. The second half was fraught with fouls, starting with a 62nd minute yellow card on Lewis. As BC’s play got scrappier and more frantic, Clemson took advantage of its vulnerability to strike. The game-winner for the Tigers came off a header from a free kick just two minutes shy of a potential overtime period.
Although the ACC Tournament is over for the Eagles, they await their bid for the NCAA Tournament. Sitting at No. 25 in the national rankings, a spot looks likely even without a conference final appearance. Last year’s NCAA run brought the Eagles to the Elite Eight. The tournament field will be announced this Monday starting at 1 p.m. ET.
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