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Garner Clean Sheet Helps Eagles Stave Off Hartford

Boston College men’s soccer defeated the Hartford Hawks 1-0 on Monday in Newton. Michael Suski scored the team’s only goal and Christian Garner recorded his first shutout of the year.

In the 8th minute, none other than Suski broke the deadlock with a laser to the top left of the net. Diego Ochoa assisted on the goal with a long aerial pass from the defensive end. Suski calmly brought the ball down with a touch before blasting it into the back of the net.

The tally proved to be the decisive goal of the match, but the Eagles continued to break through Hartford’s defense, maximizing short passes in the midfield to build up the offense. The Eagles outshot the Hawks 18-2.

Amos Shapiro-Thompson had a superb individual effort in the 39th minute. He carried the ball from his own end to the Hartford box, beating three defenders before finding Suski running onto the ball. Suski sent a rising ball over the crossbar, narrowly missing scoring his second.

Kristopher Konradsson recorded five shots with laser precision, including a beautiful curling shot in the 59th minute that forced Hartford goalkeeper Rotem Fadida to make a diving save. Konradsson proved vital on the outside wing by winning key 50-50 balls and controlling the tempo.

The Eagles best chance in the second half would come in the 81st minute. Suski received a ball from Jorge Dickens and neatly threaded it through to Stefan Sigurdarson. Sigurdarson rifled a shot off Fadida and then one-timed his own rebound. Yet, Fadida easily collected the shot.

In the 78th minute, Hartford’s Olivier Sylvain collided with a diving Garner, prompting Ochoa to retaliate in defense of his goalie. The referee immediately rushed in to calm things down, but the frustration of Hartford proved to be a precursor for things to come.

Hartford committed two fouls in the waning moments of the second half, both out of frustration. Nir Gvili took out a streaking Shapiro-Thompson, while Hartford’s Sylvain crunched into Sigurdarson, who was going up for a header, forcing the referee to call a foul.

BC Captain Ian Buehler gave a textbook performance on defense, stopping at least four breakaway chances for Hartford. He kept the left side of the pitch locked down, continually interrupting the long pass Pablo Basarte attempted to send in in an attempt to generate offense.

The Eagles (2-1-0) open ACC play Friday against Notre Dame in Newton at 7:00 p.m. 

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