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Men's Soccer Dominates Quinnipiac in Home Opener

The forecast didn’t call for rain, yet it rained goals on Newton Soccer field Thursday evening as Boston College Men’s Soccer defeated Quinnipiac 5-2 in an electrifying home opener. While Adrian Zenko scored the game winner, four different Eagles would find themselves on the scoresheet.

The game-winning goal came in the 68th minute from Adrian Zenko, his first as an Eagle. After some confusion on a throw-in in which BC waited to see if the referee would call a foul, Jesus Sahagun took the throw and the ball found its way to Zenko’s feet. The midfielder sent a low skipping shot from outside the box that found its way into the lower left corner, freezing out the new Quinnipiac keeper Matthew Pisani to make it 2-1.

Quinnipiac struck 18 seconds into the game, where Noah Silverman benefitted from a mishit pass to direct the ball into the back of the Eagles net. Tyshawn Rose had thought he had more time and hit a ball back to where he figured goalkeeper Leon Musial would be. Instead, Silverman cut in, snatched the ball, and slotted it home to the lower right corner, where it bounced in off the post to make the score 1-0. 

The equalizer came in the 38th minute off a floating header from Camilo Ponce into the back-right corner, past the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Karl Netzell. The Eagles had been threatening in the action leading up to the goal, but hadn’t been able to find the back of the net. Victor Souza received the ball on the left wing just above the half-line and launched a cross-field pass to Ponce, who one time headed the ball into the net to make it 1-1. The goal is Ponce’s first of his college career.

Stefan Sigurdarson would score the third goal in the 70th minute off of an assist from Amos Shapiro-Thompson. The pairing of Shapiro-Thompson and Augustine Boadi had been frustrating Quinnipiac for the entire second half with their chemistry, and Shapiro-Thompson didn’t hesitate when he received the ball, charging down the line towards the corner of the box. Near the baseline, Shapiro-Thompson fired off a cross disguised as a shot that found Sigurdarson lurking at the backdoor. Sigurdarson made no mistake, tapping the ball into the left corner to make the score 3-1.

Diego Ochoa would score next for the Eagles with a set piece goal in the 75th minute. Boadi drew the foul at the top of the box, and Ochoa stepped up to take the kick. The defender followed the pattern of the previous two goals, bending the ball around the wall and scoring into the lower left netting, past goalkeeper Pisani to make the score 4-1. The goal was the sophomore’s first in his college career. 

As if to remind people who the top goal scorer from last year was, Sigurdarson would score his second in the 81st minute off a lofted ball over the top of the Quinnipiac defense. Sigurdarson would take a few touches as he approached keeper Pisani before chipping it over the goalie and into the back of the net—taking advantage of the left side, where the Quinnipiac keeper had proved weak.

Quinnipiac would steal one back in the 76th minute, although the play had appeared offside, and the BC defense held their line instead of rushing the advancing player, leaving forward Jason Budhai plenty of space to choose a corner and rifle off a low skipper that bounced off the right post and in, prompting immediate dissent by the BC bench.  

While it was certainly not the start the Eagles wanted, the first minute shock helped motivate their play. Stefan Sigurdarson in particular had a hand in creating several chances for the Eagles, running on to long balls and providing a presence in the box. In the 22nd minute, Sigurdarson managed to slot a cross home low across the box, but the two onrushing BC players couldn’t get on the end of it. And with 34 seconds left in the second, Stef almost managed to corral a rising header into the back of the net, where it unfortunately skipped high over the crossbar.

The second half proved to be a remarkably chippy affair, with a total of eleven yellow cards and one red card assessed to Boadi for retaliation in the 83rd minute. Quinnipiac received most of the yellow cards, seeing seven, and the referee preferred to let both teams play on until the game seemed out of hand, only then awarding a card. Boadi will miss the next game to serve his red card suspension.   

Men’s soccer (1-0-0) returns on Monday, August 29 to take on Northeastern at home at 5:30pm.

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