Ed Kelly, going into his 31st year as the head coach on Newton Campus, will welcome 17 returning players and 13 new ones on his 30 man roster that will attempt to compete for an ACC crown this season.
Between the preseason and regular season, the Eagles will face a total of nine NCAA tournament teams from a year ago. However, Kelly and company have gotten accustomed to this type of grueling schedule as the ACC is consistently one of the best men’s soccer conferences in the country.
Once again, the Eagle offense will be fueled by Simon Enstrom, a senior forward from Sweden, and Callum Johnson, a junior midfielder from New York City, who combined for 13 goals and seven assists last year. Antonio Chavez Borelli, a sophomore goalkeeper from California, showed extreme promise as a true freshman, playing in each of his team’s 17 games last season. With a 1.99 goals against average and a .637 save percentage, there is room for improvement, but as a true freshman playing in one of the best conferences in America, expect him to make a big leap towards becoming one of the ACC’s premier number one’s.
Defensively, the Eagles lack a lot of experience, but will attempt to use Florida International transfer David Longo, who was very solid as a freshman at FIU, in a major role this year, to help limit opposing team’s chances.
BC will open up its season with a preseason friendly against UMass on Sunday, August 11.