The Boston College men’s soccer team fell on the road to #25 Rhode Island by a score of 2-1 on Tuesday night. The narrow defeat marked the Eagles’ fourth straight loss.
Both offenses struggled in the first half, as BC and URI attempted a combined three kicks in the opening period. The Eagles held a one shot advantage. BC’s first shot came at the 22 minute mark off of a missed header from Ronaldinho Diniz. Then, 10 minutes later, BC had another opportunity when Lasse Lehmann attempted a corner kick, which ultimately ended in a blocked Jesus Sahagun shot.
In the 52nd minute, URI’s Dominik Richter scored the first goal of the game on an assist from Chae Brangman. BC struck back just four minutes later with a goal from Simon Enstrom. Enstrom’s goal was his ninth of the year.
BC’s offense picked up in the second half, highlighted by their 12 attempted shots. However, they failed to capitalize on their numerous opportunities. The Eagles attempted three more corner kicks than URI but were unable to convert on any of them.
Lighting delayed the game for nearly an hour during the second half. After the delay ended, the BC defense and goalie Christian Garner worked hard to keep the Eagles in the game.
BC also came out of the delay with an aggressive offensive attack, as they attempted the next three shots. The Eagles were once again unable to convert. Soon after, in the 79th minute, URI’s Brangman scored and gave the Rams a 2-1 lead that they would not relinquish. Brangman finished the day with one goal and one assist.
This was Garner’s first start in goal for the Eagles on the season. Despite the loss, he had two saves on the day and allowed BC to stay close with URI throughout most of the game.
URI attempted eight fewer shots than BC but made more of their opportunities. Yet, despite the difference in total shots, the teams each notched four shots on goal. The Rams’ defense was their strong point, as their goalie Roger Penske managed to save three of those shots.
The road loss marked BC’s final non-conference game of the regular season. Overall, the Eagles now sit at 4-7-3 on the season. URI continued a strong campaign, improving their record to 11-3-0 overall.
Boston College will look to wrap up the regular season with a win on the road against No. 20 Syracuse on Friday, October 26.
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