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Eagles Tie Holy Cross in Defensive Battle

Boston College men’s soccer tied Holy Cross 1-1 after double overtime Tuesday night on Newton.  

The Eagles got off to a hot start as senior captain Simon Enstrom was able to find the top left corner off a rebound following a shot off Trevor Davock in minute 12. The goal was number six this season for Enstrom, placing him atop the team’s scorers. In addition, the goal brought the senior to 69 points in his Boston College career, putting him a mere 14 points shy of the all-time BC scoring record.

However, the Eagles did not hold on to their lead for very long as the Crusaders’ Simon Becher struck back in minute 42 to put Holy Cross on the board just before the half. Becher was able to pick up a loose ball just inside the box and fire a shot into the bottom right corner of the net. Tying the game at one apiece right before halftime gave both teams extra drive as they headed into the second half.

Throughout the highly contested second half, each team had quality chances to regain the lead.  The Eagles seemed destined to score after plenty of good looks late in the half, but the Crusaders’ backline and net-minder were up to the challenge, preventing any serious damage to their hard-fought tie.  

The score remained even to the end of regulation, taking the game into overtime—a place the Eagles have been three times this season.

BC amassed a number of opportunities to attack during the first overtime period, but could not take advantage of any breaks. A long, low strike from BC midfielder Kristofer Konradsson bounced off the left post and out of a scoring position. Enstrom had another good look on goal later in the period, narrowly missing the net as his header nicked the crossbar.

Neither team was able to generate a goal in the second overtime, resulting in a tie for the regional rivals. 

The Eagles return to ACC play on Friday, hosting the seventh-ranked Louisville Cardinals at 7 p.m. They will look to stay undefeated on the season, and grab a statement win against a formidable opponent.

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