Boston College men’s soccer is off to a strong start with a current record of 4-1. The 25th ranked Eagles took down Duke this past Saturday in a thrilling 1-0 victory, their first ACC game and first ACC win of the season. The lone goal of the match was scored by sophomore Simon Enstrom in the 51st minute. The exciting match also featured sophomore goalie Cedric Saladin’s third shutout of the season.
Following last season’s trip to the Elite Eight, the Eagles are returning to the field with a good portion of last year’s starting lineup. Under the leadership of head coach Ed Kelly, the Eagles’ offense is already outscoring their opponents nine to four while outshooting them 78 to 53. Senior Maximilian Schulze-Geisthovel is currently leading the team in both shots on goal and goals scored, followed by Enstrom, who was one of the Eagles’ main offensive contributors in his freshman campaign.
The Eagles have taken advantage of their opportunities thus far by capitalizing on set pieces, nearly doubling opponents on corners-per-game. Schulze-Geisthovel and Enstrom are often supported on these set pieces by freshman Callum Johnson, the team’s current leader in assists. Not all the action is taking place in the opponent’s end of the pitch, however, as the Eagles are putting on an outstanding performance one the defensive end as well. In addition to Saladin’s three shutouts, he has held opponents to just four goals in five games.
Praise for meen’s soccer is by no means limited to Chestnut Hill this year. Schulze-Geisthovel contributed to the team’s growing national presence after being named to College Soccer News’ National Team of the Week in late August. Schulze-Geisthovel’s nomination is not the extent of the team’s prestige, however, as the soccer program (the same program that has produced big name American soccer players such as Alejandro Bedoya and Charlie Davies) has found itself floating around multiple national polls.
BC is currently sitting at No. 9 in College Soccer News’ Top 30 National Poll and 18th in Top Drawer Soccer’s Men’s D1 Top 25. The NCAA RPI rankings have yet to be updated from last season’s conclusion, but the Eagles have put themselves in a stellar position to be featured on that list as well.
With their only loss of the season thus far coming via a heart-breaking late goal in the 87th minute of a home game against Villanova, the Eagles have proven that last year’s trip to the round of eight was no fluke. A tough schedule lies ahead for the Eagles, including tough matches against No. 6 Syracuse, No. 3 North Carolina, No. 2 Clemson, and No. 21 Wake Forest.
The Eagles continue their journey on Friday night when they travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange.
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