It took a long, long time - 98 minutes, to be exact - but the Boston College men's soccer team finally forced their way past short-handed USF on an overtime, game-winning goal by Simon Enstrom to down the Bulls and advance in to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
BC and USF battled through periods of heavy rain in Tampa, with the Eagles largely dominating play. USF picked up a red card in the 26th minute, putting the Eagles a man up for the rest of the game; BC proceeded to control possession, outshooting USF 16-5 in regulation, and earning 5 corner kicks in the second half.
It took until the 73rd minute for BC to break through on Isaac Normesinu's first goal of the season. With BC up a goal and a man, it seemed like the Eagles would be able to coast in to the Sweet 16, but USF's Prosper Figbe (great name) tied it up with under two minute to play to force OT.
In overtime, Enstrom delivered the heroics, scoring his 9th goal of the season. Zeiko Lewis, who's emerged as one of BC's top stars, picked up yet another assist - his team-leading 8th.
With the win, BC now faces a tough challenge: a date on the road at Georgetown, the #3-seeded team in the country. The Hoyas will host the Eagles on Sunday afternoon at 1 PM with an Elite 8 spot on the line.
Georgetown made their NCAA tournament debut yesterday after a first round bye and proceeded to smash Hofstra 3-0. Georgetown won the Big East title and has a 16-2-2 record this season (including an 11-1-0 mark at home), so BC will have to play their best game of the season to pull out the victory and advance in the tournament.