NEWTON, Mass. - The Quinnipiac University men's soccer team fell to Boston College, 1-0, Monday afternoon at the Newton Campus Soccer and Lacrosse Field in its final nonconference game of the season. The Eagles scored the game's lone goal with just over two minutes remaining in the first half to hand the Bobcats their first loss of the season. Quinnipiac drops to 5-1-5 overall this season, while Boston College improves to 7-6 with the win.
"This was a great game," said head coach Eric Da Costa. "Both teams played an excellent game. We had some very good opportunities to take the lead, but couldn't get one by. I am very pleased with our performance and I know that we can continue this level of play as we head into the stretch of our Northeast Conference schedule."
Boston College's Colin Murphy found the top left corner of the net in the 43rd minute for the game's only goal. The Eagles managed to put four shots on goal in the first half as Quinnipiac's senior goalkeeper Freddy Hall (St. George, Bermuda) managed to turn aside three. Edvin Worley and Charlie Rugg earned assists on the right-foot volley goal from 20 yards out.
The second half was a defensive struggle between the two teams. Boston College managed the half's only shot on goal. The Bobcats' defense pressured the Eagles, forcing them to take shots that sailed wide of the goal. Boston College outshot Quinnipiac, 10-1, in the second half with just one making its way on goal.
"Freddy (Hall) and the defense played very well today," Da Costa said. "He made a few tremendous saves that kept us in the game today and there is no goalie in Division I that could have made a save on that goal."
Both teams each had five corners, while the Eagles outshot the Bobcats, 15-5, for the game. Hall made four saves for the second straight game, while Boston College's Justin Luthy recorded the shutout. Quinnipiac junior Nick Pelicaen (Schoten, Belgium) finished with a team-high three shots in the game.
Quinnipiac next plays on Friday, Oct. 16 in an NEC matchup with Fairleigh Dickinson in Teaneck, N.J. The Bobcats and Knights are set to kickoff at 7 p.m.