Boston College Advances to ACC Championship Semifinals With Win Over Virginia
Nov. 14, 2007
CARY, N.C. - The sixth-ranked Boston College Eagles defeated Virginia 1-0 Wednesday in quarterfinal action of the 2007 ACC Men's Soccer Championship at SAS Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. Boston College, seeded first in this year's tournament, will face Virginia Tech at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening for the right to compete in this year's ACC title game on Sunday.
"I think we are playing very well defensively," said Boston College head coach Ed Kelly. "Virginia is a very good team, so we knew that it was going to be a tough one."
In Wednesday's matchup, which pitted the ACC's one and eight seeds, offense was at a premium for both squads. In the first half, Boston College posted four shots to the Cavaliers' two, including two each by juniors Reuben Ayarna and Mike Konicoff. Both teams were unable, however, to convert on any scoring chances, and the game's first stanza ended in a 0-0 tie.
In the second half, the Eagles, who defeated the Cavaliers 2-1 in the two teams' only regular season matchup in Charlottesville, Va., came out very aggressively, and began to wear down the Virginia defense.
On one of five corners forced in the half, the Eagles scored the game's only goal when junior midfielder Jamie Melas punched in a rebound of a Sherron Manswell shot for the first goal of his career in the 64th minute.
Boston College would stave off several Virginia scoring chances over the game's final 25 minutes, including one Cavalier shot that rolled just feet wide of an open goal with less than 10 minutes remaining, to seal the win.
For Boston College, Friday's appearance in the semifinals will be the school's first-ever in the ACC tournament. The matchup between the BC and Virginia Tech will be the squad's second challenge this season. On Nov. 4, Boston College defeated the Hokies, ranked No. 4 in the nation at the time, 3-1 in home game at Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Friday's ACC Championship semifinals will take place at 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. The championship game will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. All games are available online through ACCSelect.com, while the championship game will be nationally-televised on Fox Sports Net. The ACC men's soccer awards ceremony will be immediately following the title game.
For complete results, please visit TheACC.com and make sure to check out the 2007 ACC Men's Soccer Championship page.
Head coach Ed Kelly:
Virginia Head Coach George Gelnovatch:
On today's game vs. BC: