College soccer is weird, man.
I don't pretend to follow college soccer all that closely, but one of the things that always struck me as odd is the extreme variability in results from night to night. I mean, it shouldn't come as that big of a surprise because sports. Still, the season is compressed into a few short months, programs typically only face one another once, maybe twice a year, and single-game outcomes often come down to a bad bounce here or a missed PK there. That's also one of the more maddening aspects of the NCAA Tournament, where you can roll into the postseason with a full head of steam only to get stifled for 110 minutes and lose on penalty kicks to a supposedly inferior team.
The Boston College men's soccer team had lost four straight contests, including a pair of OT losses to Harvard and Louisville. So just when you had left the program for dead, resigned to settle back down into the ACC Atlantic Division basement, the Eagles notch a huge upset road victory over the #1 team in the nation.
That that team happened to be Notre Dame makes it all the more sweet.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Sophomore Isaac Normesinu scored the lone goal in the 15th minute to lead the Boston College men's soccer team to a 1-0 win over No. 1 Notre Dame at a rain-soaked Alumni Stadium on Friday night.
It was Normesinu's team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Senior Giuliano Frano had the first good chance of the night when he took a shot at the keeper four minutes after the opening whistle. Patrick Wall made the save and then Notre Dame nearly scored on the ensuing possession. Leon Brown found a streaking Vince Cicciarelli on the right side of the box. He tried to slip a shot into the left post but it rolled just wide.
The game-winning goal came from Normesinu minutes later. Freshman Henry Balf sent a long pass from the defensive half to the top of the box on the other end of the pitch. A Notre Dame defender got to it first but misplayed it, and Normesinu made him pay as his shot hit the back of the net.
Here's video of the game's lone tally, courtesy of The Heights' Alex Fairchild.
FINAL: BC 1, No. 1 Notre Dame 0 - Isaac Normesinu: do another back flip. Major upset and victory for men’s soccer. http://t.co/rahegv4VDg— Alex Fairchild (@alexsfairchild) October 4, 2014
The Irish weren't without their chances on the night. Notre Dame nearly equalized with six minutes left in the half, when a shot barely missed the right post. Notre Dame would have a few more quality chances in the second half, including a shot that beat Kapp but hit the post, but could never find that equalizer.
Kapp made three saves for the Eagles to improve to 4-4-1 on the season.
With the win, the Eagles improve to 4-4-1 on the year, but just 1-3-0 in ACC play. Boston College will host N.C. State (4-4-2, 1-2-1) next Friday night at 7 p.m. Like the Eagles, the Wolfpack are coming off a huge win of their own after downing #5 Louisville, 2-1, on Friday night.