NEWTON, Mass. – Senior Simon Hinde (Canberra, Australia) and junior Machel Baker (Spanish Town, Jamaica) each scored their second goals of the season on Monday night as the Quinnipiac University men's soccer team earned a 2-2 draw through double overtime at ACC power Boston College – a team that received 21 votes in last week's national poll.
It was a dream start for the visitors as the Bobcats jumped out to a 2-0 lead behind a pair of goals within the first 18 minutes of action. Sam Nicol (Edinburgh, Scotland) played a role in Quinnipiac's first goal when the senior midfielder placed a perfectly timed through-ball in behind the Eagles' defense to Baker's feet. Baker proceeded to score his fourth career goal from 15 yards out and gave the Bobcats a 1-0 advantage.
Quinnipiac (0-1-1) fed off of the momentum and continued to press forward – which in turn quickly resulted in a second goal. Just six minutes later, Quinnipiac possessed the ball deep in BC territory and drew a foul inside of the 18-yard box. Hinde's number was called and the senior midfielder made no mistake, finding the back of the net for his third career goal in a Bobcat uniform.
After a scoreless first half for the hosting Eagles, Boston College (1-0-1) struck twice in the second period. Cole DeNormandie finished off back-to-back goals within two minutes of each other, the first in the 59th minute and the second in the 61st minute. Isaac Normesinu was credited with both assists, as momentum began to change hands.
Boston College, who was recently selected to finish eighth in the ACC Preseason Poll, began creating chances on the offensive end. However, despite surrendering a 14-2 advantage in shots after halftime, Quinnipiac fended off the surge and prevented the Eagles from scoring the go-ahead goal. The two teams played scoreless through an additional 20 minutes after regulation.
Junior goalkeeper Borja Angoitia (Bilbao, Spain) started and made six saves – all coming in the second half and extra frames. Angoitia's counterpart, Keady Segel, did not record a save for the Eagles. BC outshot QU 17-6 in the game and lined up six corners compared to one for Quinnipiac.
Quinnipiac now holds a 1-7-1 mark all-time against Boston College in a series that dates back to the 2005 campaign. The Bobcats lone win came in the beginning of the 2007 season, when Quinnipiac defeated BC, 2-1, in Chestnut Hill.
The Bobcats return to action on Saturday, Sept. 7, when it completes its three-game home stand at Lafayette. Start time is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Oaks Stadium in Easton, Pa.
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