As we all anxiously await the Eagles football opener in a few hours, the other men's football team kicked off the season on Friday evening with a 1-1 draw against Iona at Boston University's Nickerson Field. Iona is arguably one of the best sides BC will face in non-conference play this season, but this probably wasn't the result Ed Kelly was looking for as he tries to get the program back to the postseason.
Sophomore Zeiko Lewis opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 72nd minute off a free kick, but the game was equalized seven minutes later when an Iona cross found the back of the Eagles net on a BC own goal.
Boston College controlled the game through, owning a 22-6 edge in shots (5-1 in the two overtimes) and 12-3 on corner kicks. Iona keeper Julian Petrello made seven saves to preserve the tie.
The Eagles are back in action on Sunday when they host Fordham at 2 p.m. at Harvard. The Eagles first three home games will be played at BU, Harvard and Harvard, due to some issues with the Newton Soccer Field turf.
On the women's side, the Eagles defeated Jacksonville 1-0 at Southern Oak Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. Boston College improves to 2-1 on the year. Jacksonville falls to 1-2. Sophomore Meg MacDonald had the lone tally of the game in the 41st minute, her second goal on the early season, and first career game-winning goal.
BC next plays North Florida on Sunday, August 31 at 1 p.m. The game can be viewed on asun.tv.
The Eagles are in the midst of a six-game stretch of road games that takes them to North Florida (8/31), Northeastern (9/3), UW Milwaukee (9/5) and Illinois State (9/7) before (hopefully) returning home to face Harvard on September 12.