It has certainly been an exciting season for men’s soccer, a team which has defeated tough competition throughout the year, including the likes of Pitt, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and UVA.
For the first time since 2002 and the second time in program history, Boston College men’s soccer is on to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division I Men’s Tournament after defeating second-ranked Georgetown in a penalty kick shootout this past Sunday.
The program boasts a young team with immense talent. Freshman Trevor Davock was named this week’s Eagle of the Week for his efforts against the Hoyas. Davock scored 19 minutes into the game on Sunday, though Georgetown tied it up at one in the 60th minute. Neither team was able to break through in the game's final 30 minutes. The contest concluded in a tie, prompting two scoreless overtime periods which preceded a penalty kick shootout. The Eagles scored all of their penalty kicks to take a 5-4 decision and advance in the tournament. Davock contributed one of the penalty kicks.
Last week, freshman Simon Enstrom was also named Eagle of the Week. He was credited with both game-winning goals in the Eagle’s previous two wins, which secured a spot in the Sweet Sixteen. He scored in the 71st minute of their 1-0 win against Vermont, in addition to the golden goal against 14th-ranked University of South Florida in the eighth minute of overtime. Enstrom was named the National Player of the Week by both College Soccer News and TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Boston College is 11-7-2 going into Saturday’s game against sixth-seeded Syracuse, a team advancing to its first ever Elite Eight after defeating 11th-ranked Seattle 3-1 this past Sunday. Though the setting will be unique, the Eagles are no stranger to the Syracuse soccer program.
Earlier in the season, BC faced a 12th-ranked Syracuse team at home; Simon Enstrom was a force to be reckoned with, contributing on both goals in BC's 2-1 victory. He notched a goal and an assist on Dadock’s winning score. It was Enstrom’s seventh goal of the season, and Davock’s fifth. Moreover, goalkeeper Alex Kapp finished the game with four saves and his third win of the season. Syracuse cut the lead in the waning minutes, but ultimately, the Eagles came out victorious, allowing head coach Ed Kelly to claim his 300th career victory. Kelly is only the 19th active NCAA coach and the third in the ACC with 300 career coaching victories.
Judging by October’s win against Syracuse, Saturday should be a great game. It’s do-or-die for both teams, so fans can expect solid play on both sides. Being the NCAA Tournament, anything can happen, and it’s all going to come down to who wants it more. The game will be played at 2pm this Saturday in New York. Be sure to tune in to support the men’s soccer team. Go Eagles!
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