The tremendous trio of Kristofer Kondradsson, Mike Suski, and Stefan Sigurdarson combined to send Boston College men’s soccer to the second round of the NCAA tournament in Thursday’s 3-0 win over Yale.
Although Yale had the momentum at the start of the game, BC quickly turned the game around to take control. The Eagles’ passing game gave them the opportunity to run the field and tire out the Bulldogs.
Konradsson put the Eagles on the board in the 15th minute, weaving through Yale’s defense to get a shot off from the top of the box to the bottom left corner. The goal marked the Iceland native’s first score since Oct. 8 against Northeastern.
The Bulldogs had some good looks on goal throughout the first half but couldn’t get anything past BC’s Christian Garner. Garner had two saves in the first half and notched six overall on the day.
Suski added another goal to the scoreboard for BC in the 38th minute off an assist from Tyshawn Rose.
A little over four minutes later, Suski tallied an assist of his own when he passed the ball to Sigurdarson who then beat a defender to give the Eagles their third goal. The goal marked the freshman’s team-high eighth goal of the season.
Yale’s seven shots in the second half weren’t enough to get anything going as the Bulldogs came up empty-handed. The combination of BC’s aggressive defense and Garner’s active play in goal helped ensure the shutout and BC’s win.
BC next travels to Seattle to take on No. 6 University of Washington in the second round. The Huskies were 15-3 in the regular season but lost two of their last five games, seeming to have lost the momentum they had earlier in the season.
The Eagles will look to move to the third round of the tournament on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. EST.