After a close 1-0 loss to Clemson two weeks ago, the BC Men’s Soccer team prepares to take on Clemson again in the first game of the ACC Championship Tournament this Sunday, November 8.
Ranked No. 16 on NCAA men’s soccer RPI (rating percentage index), BC is entering the tournament as an underdog and will need to step up their game if they hope to defeat No. 2 ranked Clemson.
As the regular season comes to an end, BC men’s soccer looks back on a season of ups and downs including their difficult loss against No. 1 ranked Wake Forest (0-5) at home and their final win against No. 10 ranked Syracuse (2-1). With a regular season record of 9-6-1, it is difficult to predict whether BC will rise up to the challenge of defeating Clemson in the tournament or, alternatively, repeat their recent loss against Clemson on October 23.
It will be a tough test for the Eagles, but this will not be an impossible feat; they have come in as the underdog and snatched victory out from under the cleats of their higher-ranked opponents before. They beat reigning national champion Virginia 2-1 in early Octobe, and earned an impressive 4-2 victory over 12th-ranked SMU early in the season; since then they have continued to improve.
A characteristic unique to BC men’s soccer is the youth that embodies the team: 15 freshmen and only three seniors. Despite the lack of experience, they have been gradually developing into a consistent, well-performing team throughout the season and are expected to grow stronger in the coming years.
Freshman forward Simon Enstrom leads the team with 16 points and seven goals scored, including three game-winning goals; freshman Trevor Davock is second on the team for assists with four. Both freshmen provide immense value to this young team; they are expected to continue to lead as they gain more experience their remaining three years at BC.
Anticipation for the BC-Clemson game and the remainder of the tournament following this Sunday’s game has grown due to the overall strong performance by BC men’s soccer and the unexpected capabilities of such a young team.
Despite the overall lack of experience, the BC men’s soccer team has proven themselves as viable competition even when facing some of the NCAA’s top ranked teams.
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