The Boston College men’s soccer team defeated Holy Cross on Tuesday night following some late heroics by midfielder Jesus Sahagun, who scored in the 83rd minute to break a 2-2 tie. Sahagun’s game-winner negated a standout performance from Holy Cross’s Max Krause, who tallied both of the Crusaders’ goals.
While Holy Cross never held a lead, the match was tightly contested throughout. Despite being limited just four shots (three on goal), the Crusaders made the most of their opportunities, with Krause finding the back of the net first on a cross by teammate Bobby Manella in the 57th minute, and later on a free kick in the 74th minute.
However, Boston College’s talented underclassmen provided a jolt to the Eagles’ attacking unit, with freshmen Mike Suski and Amos Shapiro-Thompson scoring in the 16th and 61st minutes, respectively.
Suski beat Holy Cross goalkeeper Bobby Hurstak one-on-one, finding the far post after a brilliant assist from Sahagun which allowed the freshman to get behind the defense. Shapiro-Thompson, meanwhile, pounced on his own rebound after his first shot was deflected by Hurstak, scoring from the top of the box to give the Eagles a 2-1 lead.
Krause quickly responded with his second equalizer on the aforementioned free-kick. Less than ten minutes later, Sahagun unloaded a shot just past Hurstakon, an assist from teammate Stefan Sigurdarson. This sealed a fourth consecutive win for the Eagles.
Continued contributions from freshmen could elevate a Boston College team which has already matched last season’s win total. With ACC play beginning on Saturday, the Eagles hope to turn in a better performance in conference play than last year, which saw them finish with a 2-5-1 ACC record.
New faces like Shapiro-Thompson, who currently leads the team in goals through four games, may provide the spark needed for this team to truly contend in the ACC. Whether or not the Eagles can keep this momentum remains to be seen, but the early returns have been promising.
The Eagles will look to improve to 5-0 on Saturday at 7 p.m., kicking off ACC play on the road against North Carolina State.
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