The Boston College men’s soccer team fought hard under the lights to tie the No. 1 team in the country, University of Virginia, 1-1. The Eagles continued their unbeaten streak to six games as they displayed genius defense at the Newton Soccer Field on Friday night.
Despite a scoreless first half, the Eagles maintained their confidence and continued to thwart off all offense from the Cavaliers. Sophomore goalkeeper Christian Garner had a career-high nine saves in the game. Although UVA shot 21 times compared to BC’s three, the Eagles showed resilience in coming up 0-0 at halftime with the help of Garner’s impeccable goalkeeping, which has shown tremendous potential this season.
The Cavaliers continued their offensive striking into the second half and scored at the 56th minute. However, the Eagles battled back, led by defenders Joe Kellett, Victor Souza, David Longo, and Tyshawn Rose, along with forward and freshman star, Stefan Sigurdarson. Sophomore and key player, Kristofer Konradsson, entered in the second half in his third game back.
In the 64th minute, with a touch of luck, freshman Mike Suski hit a low ball into the box that consequently ricocheted off the foot of Virginia defender into Virginia’s goal, awarding the Eagles’ their sole goal of the night. This tied the game at 1-1, marking the first goal Virginia has given up since Sept. 13 against Duke.
The excitement of rallying against the top school in the country gave energy to the team and the crowd as the Newton soccer field came to life.
In overtime, the Eagles persevered and continued with their brilliant defense. The Cavaliers had five corner kicks, but Garner and the Eagles impressively and efficiently defended UVA’s efforts.
With this tie, the Eagles improved to 7-2-3, (1-2-2 ACC). The Eagles displayed extraordinary teamwork and defense and proved that they can compete against the best team in the country.
This game will hopefully give the players an extra boost of confidence as they continue on the road at Louisville this Friday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Clemson the following Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. Their next home game will not be until Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. against Syracuse, so save the date, as it will surely be another incredible performance.