In the final game of the regular season, Boston College men’s soccer joined in on a huge day for BC sports and picked up a wild 5-4 overtime victory over NC State.
The win improved BC’s record to 7-7-2 overall and 3-3-2 in conference. Given the ACC’s strength, the Eagles’ .500 record is good enough to make them #19 in the country in RPI - putting BC in good position to make the 48-team NCAA tournament field.
The Eagles finish the regular season #8 in the ACC, and will host Virginia Tech on Wednesday night at 7 PM in the single-elimination conference tournament play-in game.
BC came out aggressively on Saturday night, rolling out a 4-3-3 formation with Trevor Davock, Zeiko Lewis and Isaac Normesinu all starting up top. It didn’t take long for their attacking formation to pay off, as BC jumped out to a lead in the third minute on a Davock goal.
Two more goals, including another by Davock, gave BC a 3-1 lead going in to the half, but NC State didn’t go away easily. The Wolfpack struck twice within 10 minutes on a pair of Tanner Roberts goals to tie the game up at 68:22. But Davock struck right back, scoring his third goal at 69:28 to retake the lead.
NC State picked up the equalizer at 84:33 to force overtime - a potentially crushing blow for a BC team just six minutes from a crucial win. The Eagles, though, would not be denied - not on this day when everything came up aces for BC. An own goal by NC State just over 4 minutes in to OT gave the Eagles the win.
The ACC soccer tournament starts on Wednesday. Teams #5 through #12 play in single-elimination play-in games on campus sites. The quarterfinals will take place next Sunday; the semifinals take place on Wednesday, November 9, all also on campus sites.
The ACC final is on Sunday, November 13, televised on ESPNU; the NCAA tournament will begin the next week.