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Men's Soccer Suffers Tough Loss to Top-Ranked Clemson

The Boston College men’s soccer team fell 3-2 to the No. 1 Clemson Tigers Saturday afternoon in Newton. It was a close contest, with the Eagles’ offense showing flashes of brilliance and the defense resisting a dangerous Clemson offense.

The Eagles opened the scoring early, with Kristofer Konradsson converting on a penalty kick in the 12th minute. Konradsson tucked the ball inside the lower left goal post with Clemson goalie George Marks diving to the right. Forward Michael Suski earned the penalty kick after being pulled down in the box.

Clemson answered almost immediately, with James Brighton converting a penalty kick of his own after Ousmane Sylla was fouled inside the box. Goalkeeper Christian Garner guessed the correct direction but the ball skipped in on the lower right side to even the score.

The score remained tied for the rest of the first half, despite dangerous looks from a fluid Clemson offense that generated chances from both flanks.

In the second half the Eagles once again opened the scoring. Stefan Sigurdarson ran onto a long high ball, chipped it past two defenders, and tapped it home with his right foot to record his second goal of the season.

Clemson answered less than five minutes later when Quinn McNeill headed the ball in at the near post off a corner kick.

Both the Eagles and the Tigers battled for possession, trading chances. Amos Shapiro-Thompson picked up a yellow card, as did Garner as frustrations mounted.

Finally, in the 80th minute, Clemson scored to make it 3-2 Tigers. Callum Johnson beat his defender, carrying the ball to the top of the box scored with a shot to the far post.

The Eagles attempted to sustain pressure, but couldn’t crack the Clemson defense to test the goalkeeper. Their best chance came after Suski, taken down for the seventh time during the game, earned a dangerous free-kick. Konradsson blasted the ball off of Clemson’s wall, preventing a conversion.

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 1-3 on the season. Their next match is an away game at Syracuse on April 4th, where the team will hope to pick up its first road win.

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