Eighth-seeded Boston College men’s soccer suffered a heartbreaking 2-1 loss to ninth-seeded Notre Dame in double-overtime in the first round of the ACC Tournament at the Irish’s Alumni Stadium.
Stefan Sigurdarson scored the sole goal of the game for the Eagles, finding the back of the net from 25 yards out in the 24th minute. The freshman tallied his seventh goal of the season and 18th point, leading the team in points overall.
Notre Dame evened out the score in the 62nd minute on a header from Ian Aschieri. The Irish outshot the Eagles on the day, with 16 shots to BC’s 10 and five shots on goal to BC’s three.
Both teams had chances to score within one minute of each other in the first overtime, but both goalies denied the respective shots. The Eagles’ Christian Garner had three saves on the day, bringing him to 42 saves on the season.
Unfortunately, the Irish took home the win on an own goal by BC one minute into the second overtime.
The Eagles were without senior Joe Kellett due to a red card he was served in the team’s prior game against Syracuse. Before today, Kellett had not missed a single game in his four-year career in the maroon and gold.
Despite the agonizing loss, the Eagles still made significant progress as a team this year. Compared to the 2018 season, the team scored more goals than they gave up, bettered their shots percentage statistic, and doubled their number of wins.
Given the success of the freshman class this year, namely Stefan Sigurdarson, Mike Suski, Amos Shapiro-Thompson, and Victor Souza, there’s no doubt that this team will only get better in the years to come.