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No. 2 Clemson Blanks Men's Soccer

Boston College men’s soccer was shut out 3-0 by No. 2 Clemson on the road Friday night. Despite numerous chances, the Eagles couldn’t beat Clemson keeper George Marks, who finished the game with 5 saves.

The game-changer was Amos Shapiro-Thompson going down after colliding with a Clemson defender pursuing a loose ball near the goal line less than a minute into the game. Clearly in significant pain, Shapiro-Thompson left the game unable to put any weight on his left leg. He did not return to the game.

The injury is another blow to an already depleted Eagles bench, where seemingly every other player is playing through some sort of knock. Players like Moritz Frahm played both defense and midfield as the Eagles attempted to juggle injuries and manage minutes.

Isaiah Reid struck early for the Tigers to tally his sixth goal of the season. Christian Garner made the first point-blank save, but couldn’t hold on to the ball, which popped out to the left. Reid was in the right place to tuck the ball past a diving Garner.

A tight Eagles defense limited Clemson’s chances throughout the first to keep BC in the game. Captain Ian Buehler made a spectacular slide inside the Eagles 18-yard box to block a dangerous shot on goal by the Tigers early. Less than ten minutes later, Buehler would make another sliding save to prevent a goal, this time rushing back from the offensive end of the field.

The Eagles had several chances of their own in the first half. Kristofer Konradsson forced Clemson keeper Marks to make a diving save to the right corner in the 25th minute. Victor Souza was left unmarked during the ensuing corner but couldn’t get onto the ball.

In the closing minute of the first half, Michael Suski started the transition and beat Clemson defender Oskar Ågren. Suski seemingly had the whole field to himself. Ågren pulled Suski down, receiving a yellow card, but effectively stopping the chance for the Eagles.

The second half opened with the Eagles pushing to find a goal. Adama Kaba attempted a long-range shot in the 55th minute, but Clemson managed to get in front of the ball. A few minutes later, Konradsson seemed to be in on the goal alone but was called offside.

Clemson notched their second goal in the 67th minute. Josh Hallenberger fired a shot off Garner’s foot and into the top right corner. Garner was in the right position, but the shot was too strong to be properly blocked.

The dagger came in the 83rd minute when Brandon Parrish blasted a perfectly placed right-footed shot into the far-post top netting. Parrish benefitted from a perfectly executed dummy pass that faked out the defense and left him wide open. Garner had no chance at stopping the strike.

The Eagles (3-2-1) hope to bounce back against Yale on the road Tuesday at 7:00 pm.

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