Boston College Captures First ACC Men's Soccer Crown With 2-1 Defeat of Wake Forest
Nov. 18, 2007
CARY, N.C. - With a 2-1 victory over No. 1 Wake Forest Sunday evening, the Boston College Eagles men's soccer team clinched the school's first-ever Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title at the SAS Soccer Complex in Cary, N.C. Just two years after going winless in the league in its first ACC campaign, Sunday's win marks an astounding turnaround for Boston College head coach Ed Kelly and the sixth-ranked Eagles.
"We went through a lot to get us where we are now," said Kelly. "The kids have matured and they are working very hard and this has been a really great season so far. It was a great victory for Boston College."
Boston College initially jumped ahead in the game's eighth minute with senior Sherron Manswell's 11th goal of the season, and third of the tournament. Streaking down the middle of the field, Manswell, who was voted tournament MVP for his play this week, controlled a perfectly timed pass from Konicoff and beat the defending goalkeeper with a shot just inside the goal's left post.
Throughout the rest of the half, the defenses would dominate, limiting the opportunities of either offense. At the end of the first 45 minutes, Wake Forest led in the shots department, having fired three shots to the Eagles' two, but was down by a score of 1-0.
Boston College came out firing again to start the second half, and would extend the lead to two less than two minutes into the period, when Konicoff made good on a pass from junior Greg O'Neil for his fourth goal of the season. Assisting on the goal was O'Neil and freshman Karl Reddick.
Down two goals, the Deacons offense began to press the BC defense in the game's final 30 minutes, and would put its first goal on the board at 68:24. After forcing a corner, junior defender Evan Brown fed a cross in front of the goal that was headed past Eagles goalkeeper Chris Brown for sophomore Austin da Luz's second goal of the season.
Over the final 20 minutes of the match, the Deacons would continue to press the BC defense, piling up 12 shots in the second half. The Eagles defense would not wilt, however, and the score would hold at 2-1 as the game's final seconds ticked off the clock.
Wake Forest, now 17-2-2 after its second loss to Boston College this season, now will look ahead to the NCAA tournament, and a chance at redemption.
"I'm very happy the way our team ended the game," said Wake Forest head coach Jay Vidovich. "We just dug ourselves too big of a hole to dig ourselves out against a very organized team. As a coach it's very frustrating."
Leading the Deacons in the game was da Luz, who scored the team's only goal. All-tournament selections Cody Arnoux, Marcus Tracy and Sam Cronin each posted two shots in the match.
Michael Callahan, North Carolina
Most Valuable Player:
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Head Coach Ed Kelly
Junior Midfielder Mike Konicoff
On Sherron Manswell's goal:
On his game-winning goal:
Head Coach Jay Vidovich
"I'm very happy the way our team ended the game. We just dug ourselves too big of a whole to dig ourselves out against a very organized team."
"We were productive in the second half but overall we didn't do a great job of getting behind them. As a coach it's very frustrating."
Sophomore Midfielder Austin da Luz
"When you are down 2-0 the biggest thing is to get that goal that can change your momentum. We got the goal and we changed the momentum but we ran out of time. If we had had a few more minute things might have been different."
"We are going to take it and learn from it but we are far from done this season. We are driving back tonight and tomorrow we get back to work on getting our National Championship."