Men's Soccer ACCtion: Saturday, September 22
Sept. 23, 2007
Junior Alejandro Bedoya tied the score late in regulation and midfielder Mike Konicoff netted the game-winning goal 37 seconds into overtime as No. 13 Boston College men's soccer improved its conference record to 2-0 with a 2-1 overtime victory at North Carolina on Saturday night.
With just more than three minutes left in regulation, Jeremiah Gallington was tackled on the far left side of the field and Reuben Ayarna lofted a curling, left-footed free kick to the opposite side that Bedoya one-timed with his right foot past North Carolina goalkeeper Tyler Deric for the game-tying score.
Bedoya and the Eagles continued to pressure North Carolina in the closing minutes of regulation and wasted very little time in overtime.
Bedoya controlled the ball in North Carolina territory and sent a left-footed through ball to Konicoff, who dribbled once and beat Deric to his left side for the sudden victory goal just 37 seconds into the overtime period.
The No. 9 Duke Blue Devils (5-2-0, 1-0-0) pulled out a 2-1 win in double-overtime over the No. 16 Maryland Terrapins (3-3-1, 0-2-0) on Saturday night on front of 5,013 fans in Koskinen Stadium. It was the first ACC contest of the season for Duke. The match is available on-demand on ACCSelect.com.
The difference in the game came with 1:33 to play in the second sudden-death overtime period. Freshman midfielder Cole Grossman, who was seeing his first action in his Blue Devil career, played the ball to the senior midfielder Joe Germanese on the right side of the field. Germanese flew towards the end line and played a perfect cross back to Grossman in the middle, who one-timed a blast from eight yards out past Maryland's freshman goalkeeper Will Swaim. With the goal, the Duke bench stormed across the field to swarm Grossman and celebrate the victory. It was the team-leading fourth assist on the season for Germanese, who with Grossman attended St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Mo.
Grossman saw 53 minutes of action in the game, as Duke altered their starting lineup and reserves to compensate for senior midfielder and captain Michael Videira being held out of the match due to an injury. Senior forward/midfielder Spencer Wadsworth made the start (his first of the season) in Videira's absence. Videira is an All-America and three-time national player of the year candidate.
The NC State men's soccer team earned a hard fought draw with No. 3 Virginia, 2-2, Saturday afternoon at Method Road. The Wolfpack (3-2-2, 0-0-1 ACC) struck first in the 17th minute and held the lead at the half. The Cavaliers (5-1-1, 0-0-1 ACC) answered with two goals in just over three minutes, before NC State scored the equalizer in the 69th minute. The two squads would play the remaining 20 minutes of regulation and 20 more minutes of overtime with neither netting the game winner.
NC State got on the scoreboard first in the 17th minute. Sophomore Alan Sanchez controlled the ball in the middle of the field and found classmate Jorge Mora on the right wing. Mora dribbled into the UVA penalty box and slotted a pass right in front of the net. Senior El Hadj Cisse got his boot to the ball, and back-heeled home the goal at the 16:45 to give NC State the lead, which it held through halftime.
The 15th-ranked Virginia Tech men's soccer team played to a 1-1 draw against William & Mary on Saturday at Albert-Daly Field in Williamsburg, Va. The Hokies' five-match win streak was snapped just one victory shy of tying for the second-longest win streak in school history.
Even with the tie, the Hokies have gone 5-0-1 in their last six matches and their six-match stretch without a loss is the second-longest unbeaten streak under Weiss. Tech went on a 10-match unbeaten streak between Sept. 27 and Oct. 29, 2005. It ties the 1980 squad for the third-longest such stretch, while the 1970 team went seven games without a loss and the 2005 team set the school record.