On Senior Night at Newton Campus, the Boston College men’s soccer team defeated the Syracuse Orange 2-1 in the regular season finale for both teams.
It was a high-intensity match from the start, as BC came from behind to win off a game-winning goal from freshman Michael Suski despite going a man down in the 41st minute.
Each side had six shots on target despite Syracuse outshooting BC 16-12. Syracuse won the corner battle 6-4 and was far less disciplined, committing 19 fouls to BC’s 10.
Sophomore keeper Christian Garner played all 90 minutes in net for the Eagles and made four key saves.
Syracuse applied heavy pressure in the opening minutes and had four shots by the 10th minute. Garner made an excellent kick save to keep the game scoreless off the best of the early chances.
The Eagles went right down the field on a Beto Luna breakaway just three minutes later and nearly scored, but Syracuse keeper Christian Miesch made a big one-on-one save.
BC had two more great chances in the 20th and 21st minutes. Victor Souza had a free kick on target that Miesch was quick to tap over the crossbar. Freshman standout Stefan Sigurdarson had a header sail narrowly over the bar off a corner a minute later.
Syracuse got on the board first in the 33rd minute from Ryan Raposo. He scored from a free kick 22 yards out to the near post for his 13th goal of the season. He now has 31 points on the season, the most for a Syracuse player since 1985.
The situation looked bleak for the Eagles after a red card to Joe Kellett in the 41st minute for a bad tackle.
Completely against the momentum of the match, BC tied it up just a minute later off a freshman-to-freshman connection. Sigurdarson played a brilliant through-ball to set Amos Shapiro-Thompson in on goal, with the latter finishing from about 16 yards out for his fourth goal of the season.
At the half, BC had just four shots to Syracuse’s 10. However, in the second half, the Eagles outshot the Orange 8-6 with only 10 men on the field.
Syracuse applied early pressure over the opening minutes of the second half. However, momentum shifted BC’s way after Nyal Higgins was red-carded for Syracuse in the 72nd minute to make the game 10-on-10.
The Eagles capitalized to take the lead for good in the 78th minute. On yet another freshman-to-freshman connection, Michael Suski fired home a cross from Sigurdarson from 12 yards out. The goal marked his third on the season and the first game-winner of his career. Sigurdarson’s two assists increased his tally to four on the season.
The Eagles improved to 8-4-3 on the season with the win and 2-4-2 in the ACC. They are the No. 9 seed in the ACC tournament and face No. 8 Notre Dame this Tuesday at 2 p.m.
Syracuse (7-5-4, 2-4-2 in the ACC) is the No. 10 seed and will face No. 7 seed North Carolina on Wednesday.