Boston College men’s soccer improved to a 5-2 season with a 1-0 win over UMass Amherst at home on Tuesday evening.
The lone goal of the game came in the 77th minute when Joe Kellett notched his first of the season on a penalty kick. Amos Shapiro-Thompson set up a shot for Beto Luna in the box, but it was saved by UMass goalie Marvyn Dorchin. Dorchin tripped BC’s Stefan Sigurdarson while lunging for the ball, giving the Eagles the penalty kick.
BC outshot the Minutemen 17 to 13, forcing the UMass goalie to make five saves to the Eagles’ three. Sophomore Christian Garner snagged his first win in his first start this season. This was Garner’s first appearance in net since October 23, 2018, against URI.
Freshman Mike Suski continued to dominate on the field, contributing to a team-high six shots on the day. Shapiro-Thompson and Sigurdarson followed with four shots each. This power trio holds the top three ranks in shots this season with a combined 47 shots in the first seven games.
The underclassmen have continued to prove their worth to this team with sophomore Tyshawn Rose tallying his second start of the season and freshman Alejandro Zimmermann making his third consecutive start.
Of the ten players with the most minutes played this season, six are underclassmen, displaying the confidence this team has in their fresh legs. Considering their tough conference schedule ahead, the team will continue to look to the success of their younger players.
As BC takes on Virginia Tech this Friday, they will be facing a team that lost their last game 2-1 to conference opponent Louisville, who the Eagles have yet to play this season. However, both teams hold an 0-2 record in the ACC thus far this season. BC will take on Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Friday at 1 p.m.