The Boston College men’s soccer team picked up an ACC win with a 1-0 victory over No. 17 NC State on Friday night.
The game was the Eagles’ fourth contest in a row against a ranked opponent. After consecutive losses to Louisville, Duke, and Notre Dame, BC finally bested an ACC foe with their home win on Friday.
The teams traded blows during the first half, but the game remained scoreless. BC finally broke the tie with a goal in the sixty-first minute.
BC midfielder Kristofer Konradsson fired a corner kick into the box, and senior Simon Enstrom headed it into the back of the net to put the Eagles on the board. The goal was Enstrom’s team-leading seventh of the year. No other player has more than two goals. Konradsson, a freshman, now leads the team in assists after notching his fourth of the year on Enstrom’s goal.
The Eagles had control for much of the game, leading the Wolfpack in shots by a margin of 10-3. Despite the Eagles’ advantage in shots on goal, BC goaltender Antonio Chavez Borrelli still had to come up with a number of big plays to keep the NC State offense at bay.
The Wolfpack threatened with multiple chances on corner kicks in the second half. Chavez Borrelli was able to take control of the situation and clear the ball away from the box each time. As just a sophomore, Chavez Borrelli kept the Wolfpack off the board for the whole game and came away with his first shutout of the season.
This was a significant win for the Eagles for a number of reasons. They were able to stop a three-game losing streak and pick up their first win since Sept. 7. The victory also marked the Eagles’ first win over a ranked opponent this year.
The Eagles’ last four games have all been decided by just one goal. After battling hard through difficult matchups on the ACC schedule, BC finally came out on the winning side of a close match.
Now past the toughest stretch, the Eagles have six games remaining in the regular season. They will look to build off of this upset victory as they head into the back half of their schedule.
Four of the Eagles’ final six games will be played away from Chestnut Hill. Some notable road matchups include contests against Wake Forest, UConn, and Syracuse. In order to finish their season strong, the Eagles will have to find a way to take their momentum from the home victory against NC State on the road.
BC now sits at 3-3-3 on the season, with an ACC record of 2-3-0. The Eagles’ next game is a home non-conference matchup against Harvard, on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.
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