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Men’s Soccer Tops No. 3 Wake Forest in Stunning Upset

The Boston College men’s soccer team continued its excellent season on Friday night, upsetting No. 3 Wake Forest 2-1 at home. The Eagles can thank Stefan Sigurdarson for the victory, as the freshman forward tallied both Boston College goals, including the game-winner in the 83rd minute.

Following two consecutive draws against Merrimack and Virginia Tech, it looked as if the Eagles would be in for a similar result on Friday night. Sigurdarson opened the scoring in the 16th minute, beating the Demon Deacons' goalkeeper Andrew Pannenberg to give Boston College a 1-0 advantage.

Wake Forest would quickly respond, with Machop Chol finding an equalizer in the 28th minute, heading a cross to the back of the net.

The Demon Deacons continued to attack the net throughout the first half, tallying eleven shots compared to the Eagles’ two. However, BC goalkeeper Christian Garner was brilliant, tallying four first-half saves to keep the score knotted at one goal apiece.

The second half was a much more even affair, with the Eagles limiting the Demons Deacons’ opportunities and finding more of their own. Both teams, however, struggled mightily to find the back of the net.

That is until Sigurdarson scored his second goal to seal a Boston College victory. Assisted by fellow freshman Mike Suski, Sigurdarson unloaded a shot from eight yards out, bouncing it off of Pannenberg's head and into the goal.

With just seven minutes left in regulation, the Demon Deacons recorded just one more shot, which was blocked. The Boston College defense stifled Wake Forest from that point forward, sealing a 2-1 upset and the Eagles’ first ACC victory of the season.

With the victory, the Eagles improved to 6-2-2 (1-2-1 ACC), while the Demon Deacons fell to 8-2-0 (3-1-0 ACC). Boston College cannot celebrate this win for long, however, with a home match against Northeastern up next on Tuesday at 4 p.m. They will then be faced with another ACC test on Friday, with top-ranked Virginia coming to town.

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