The Eagles started their season with a 5-2 win against Quinnipiac at home. On Monday night, Boston College would finish their last home game of the season with a 5-1 win over Endicott. Soccer is only a tad poetic.
Stefan Sigurdarson opened the scoring in the 37th minute, finally breaking through Endicott’s smothering defense to net his 10th of the year. Christian Bejar, making his first start of the season, found himself with the ball in the Eagles' half. Head up, Bejar left an Endicott forward in the dust and took his space, pushing up the field before sending the ball over the top of the defense. Sigurdarson, slipping between two defenders and outrunning another, beat Endicott keeper Kyle Rosa to the ball and gently guided the ball over the keeper’s outstretched hands with his right foot and into the left side netting to make the score 1-0.
After having to wait 37 minutes to score their first goal, the Eagles added another in the 46th minute thanks to Amos Shapiro-Thompson. Walker Davey, playing the center back role in the second, found Sam White sitting in space and slotted a through ball to the midfielder who turned towards the goal. As two Endicott defenders closed down on him, White slipped a ball between them, finding Shapiro-Thompson with space on the right side of the box. Shapiro-Thompson drove deeper into the box before sending the ball low across the box, missing Sigurdarson and Endicott keeper Ross before hitting the far post and bouncing in to make the score 2-0.
The flood gates open, Sigurdarson added his second goal of the night in the 50th minute. This time, the forward used his head to knock home a cross from Augustine Boadi from just outside the 6-yard box.
Not wanting to be outdone by the seniors, Ted Cargill scored his second goal of the season in the 52nd minute. Shapiro-Thompson was once again involved, threading a ball through to Adrian Zenko on the touchline. Zenko, with his head up, took the ball and casually sent a diagonal ball through two Endicott defenders to a waiting Cargill at the top of the 18-yardbox. Cargill, looking as if he had all the time in the world despite the onrushing defenders, took a touch to his right before launching a rocket into the top left corner that dipped just under the crossbar to make the score 4-0.
Placing a punctuation mark on the night, Sigurdarson recorded his first career hat trick in the 70th minute. Camilo Ponce started the ball, passing the ball to Tyshawn Rose who managed to get a cross off that slipped past Endicott keeper Rosa, and Sigurdarson made sure the ball found its way into the back of the net for his third of the night and 12th of the season.
Endicott’s lone goal came from an unfortunate own goal by a BC player, preventing Leon Musial from recording a shutout on the night. Thomas Jordan made his debut in goal for the final seven minutes of play.
The explosion of offense is just what the doctor ordered for an Eagles team about to go on the road in a must-win game. Lest people see the name Endicott and assume this 5-1 win was a given, until Sigurdarson’s first goal, the Eagles were struggling to break through the Endicott defense. Knowing that the pressure was on the Eagles, Endicott was satisfied to play in a low block, waiting for the Eagles to come to them. Excellent at disrupting passing lanes and with the whole team committed to the defensive plan, Endicott allowed the Eagles to dominate possession but prevented easy chances on net, forcing BC to continually regroup.
In a game where the Eagles could have experimented with generating creativity, BC played their traditional possession based, cautious style, preferring to reroute the ball through the defense than attacking full throttle at Endicott’s defense. The adherence to the plan paid off in the second, but the Eagles cannot bet on a five-goal performance against Syracuse.
The Eagles (4-6-4) finish their regular season with an away ACC match up against Syracuse (12-2-2) on Friday night at 7:00pm. BC is still looking for their first away ACC win.
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