The Holy War came to the pitch on Friday night, when Boston College men’s soccer drew against Notre Dame in the ACC opener, despite an early red card for the Irish.
Notre Dame missed a couple of chances in rapid succession following a corner kick in the 15th minute. The ball fell to an Irish player, but BC keeper Christian Garner was able to block his low volley down the middle. Another Irish player took a strike on the rebound, but the shot was saved by the post.
The Eagles responded in the next minute with a goal from red-hot striker and ACC offensive player of the week, Stefan Sigurdarson. The opportunity was created by a cross from Tyshawn Rose on the left wing. The ball fell to an Irish defender, but Sigurdarson was able to block his clearance attempt. Michael Suski hustled to the loose ball and tipped it a few feet over to a waiting Sigurdarson on the left side of the penalty area, who sent a rocket past a diving Bryan Dowd to score in the bottom right corner.
Notre Dame took another severe blow in the 35th minute when Tyler Shea saw red for a reckless slide tackle on BC’s Victor Souza.
Down to ten men, Notre Dame shocked the Boston College defense with an equalizing goal in the 44th minute. Irish defender Josh Ramsey lofted the ball from the defensive third all the way to a running Matthew Roou on the right side of the penalty area. Roou took a touch with his right foot before cutting inside to his left to shake his defender, opening him up to score in the bottom left corner, freezing BC keeper Christian Garner.
Up a man over Notre Dame, BC dominated possession in the second half, but couldn’t beat Irish keeper Bryan Dowd to put the ball in the back of the net. Despite solid play from the midfield, BC wasn't clinical enough in the attacking third, with most of the Eagles’ best chances coming on long-range shots. Notre Dame’s defense held through extra time and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
BC advances to 2-1-1 overall while Notre Dame now sits at 1-2-1. Both teams start the ACC season with a point on the table, but Notre Dame is likely the happier side after scoring and shutting-out Boston College following the early red card. BC’s next match is at home on Tuesday night against rivals Holy Cross.