Boston College men’s soccer defeated American International College 3-0 Wednesday night in Newton to close out the season. Goalkeeper Christian Garner recorded his second consecutive shutout and his third this season.
The Eagles were without forward Stefan Sigurdarson and defenseman Wil Jacques, both of whom received red cards in the previous game against North Carolina State. Midfielder Kristofer Konradsson also did not play.
None other than Michael Suski struck first for the Eagles in minute 23, putting the Eagles up 1-0. Amos Shapiro-Thompson slotted a beautiful ball through to Suski, who faked to beat his defender before neatly tucking the ball inside the lower right post.
The Eagles dominated both possession and game tempo throughout the first half. The defensive backs patiently built up the offense through the use of quick passing and switching fields before outletting the ball to the wings.
The Suski and Shapiro-Thompson connection nearly netted another goal in minute 37 on a series of tic-tac-toe passes. Unfortunately, Shapiro-Thompson’s shot sailed over the crossbar.
The second half started tentatively, with BC continuing to build from the back and AIC looking to even the score.
In minute 60, Suski fired a shot at AIC goalkeeper Michael Tranghese, who was unable to control the rebound. Shapiro-Thompson lightly tapped the ball over the goalie to record his first goal of the season and make it 2-0 BC.
23 seconds later, Suski won a ball low in the box and managed to complete the pass to the oncoming Nikita Bondar, who finished the play by sliding the ball past the goalkeeper. The third and final goal of the night was Bondar’s first goal of the season and his first since 2017.
Ivan Postolka took a dangerous corner kick in minute 63, lofting a perfectly curled ball into the box intended for Victor Souza, who headed it wide of the net.
BC keeper Garner made his first save of the night in minute 85, punching a dangerous shot by Josip Validzic over the crossbar. AIC was unable to convert on the corner kick.
A minute later, AIC had another look, scoring what appeared to be a late goal to the far post. However, the offside flag was up and the whistle had blown before the ball was kicked, revoking the goal and preserving the BC shutout.
Boston College finishes the season 2-3-1 after competing in the modified spring season. The team’s competitive efforts against ranked teams who had more time to compete in the fall is a positive sign for the coming season.
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