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Battle of Comm Ave Ends in 2-2 Draw for Men's Soccer

The Eagles drew BU 2-2 in an agonizing Battle of Comm Ave that had fans standing, tense and emotionally invested, until the final whistle. Aidan Farwell and Augustine Boadi were the goal scorers for the Eagles, both recording their first goals of the season. Quinn Matulis and Andrew Rent scored for BU.

BU’s second tying goal came in the 53rd minute, capitalizing off a BC defensive miscue. CJ Williams, tracking back, headed a ball to where he thought Leon Musial, coming off his line, would be. Musial, however, had gone to ground to try and grab the ball on the bounce, sending William's header over him and into empty space. Diego Ochoa tried to make a sliding clearance on the ball, but at that point, all Rent had to do was tuck the ball into the empty net to the cheers of his BU teammates on the bench, celebrating like the tying goal was the game winner..

The Eagle's opening goal was a Farwell penalty kick in the 22nd minute. Jonathan Murphy fed a ball through the box to Farwell, who was making the late run. Two steps in, BU defender John Roman knocked Farwell off the ball, sending him sprawling and the referee pointing to the spot to the approval of the crowd. The Eagles wasted no time placing the ball on the spot, with Farwell standing over it. On the whistle, Farwell accelerated into his run up before burying the ball inside the left post, sending BU goalkeeper Francesco Montali the wrong way. The goal is Farwell’s first since returning from injury and was the Eagle's first in three games, making the score 1-0. 

It would take BU just five minutes to equalize. CJ Williams, stepping forward and then having to recover, fouled just outside the box. Matulis stepped up to take the free-kick, carefully choosing his spot. At the whistle, the Terrier midfielder curled the ball into the near post, past a diving Musial, to make the score 1-1 and snap the Eagle's shutout streak at home. 

Boadi, subbing in for Alfie Hughes in the 21st minute, made his mark on the game in the 44th minute to give the Eagles back their lead. Ochoa found Christian Bejar on the left wing, feeding him a pass. Bejar drove towards the corner before cutting the ball back and slicing a pass to Boadi, who dipped his shoulder to avoid the BU defender and find himself in open space. Firing off a shot, Boadi’s effort ricocheted off Griffin Roach and over the head of BU keeper Montali. The goal made it 2-1 Eagles at the end of the half and is Boadi’s first collegiate goal.  

The last five minutes of the game were heart-stopping, end-to-end action with the Eagles threatening through controlled possession and BU responding with the occasional counter. In the 88th minute, BU appeared to score the dagger, slicing the ball into the far post netting. Eagles fans, in full despair, started heading for the exit, until the offsides flag went up, ruling the goal offsides. BC leads the ACC in offsides, but in this case, it worked in their favor. Fans returned to standing and play resumed with the score still knotted at two.

Williams had a chance to win the game in the final seconds, heading the ball towards the net, but it ended up being an easy save for keeper Monali, who fell on it to kill the clock. The header effectively ended the three-minute push where the Eagles were threatening, though not able to find a clean look or put away the half-chances they had. Clinical finishing under pressure is something the team has been working on for two seasons now.

With both Boadi and Farwell scoring, the Eagles now have four goal scorers on the year…seven games into the season. Despite leading at half-time and executing a relatively successful press in the first half, BC sat back in the second, with Ted Cargill being confined to a more defensive role instead of pressuring BU’s left back. While the defense has proven to be one of the more consistent parts of BC’s game plan, playing defensively meant the Eagles settled for a tie, not a win.

The chippy affair saw Cargill and Marco dos Santos pick up their third yellow cards of the year, while Murphy and Moritz Gundelach picked up their firsts of the season.

The Eagles (2-2-3) returned to ACC play on Friday, September 22nd in Blacksburg, Virginia to take on Virginia Tech (1-2-3) at 7:00pm.

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