Sept. 15, 2007
NEWTON, Mass. - Sherron Manswell scored twice for Boston College as the Eagles defeated the No. 7 Maryland men's soccer team, 2-0, on September 15 at the Newton Campus Soccer Field. Manswell's goals came three minutes apart in the first half to lift BC to victory in the ACC opener for both schools.
"The loss is hard to take because we were in full control for the first 20 minutes of the game," head coach Sasho Cirovski said. "We had one miscommunication on defense and Manswell finished it off. Our response in the next few minutes wasn't what it should be and they scored again. One play in soccer can change a game."
Maryland had three quality chances to score before Boston College struck first in the 26th minute on its first shot of the night. Two of the opportunities came off of Graham Zusi corners. The first came just five minutes in as Zusi took a corner on the left side. His pass went to the far post with Jeremy Hall heading it into the box. An Eagle defender headed it back to Hall, who jumped and served the ball back into the box. Sophomore Omar Gonzalez was able to get a shot off but the header was saved.
Just over a minute later, Zusi took a corner from the same spot and his pass found senior Spencer Allen. Allen got his head to the ball but his shot went just wide to the right.
Allen created another chance at the 36:30 mark as he stole the ball in the defensive half of the field. The Washington, D.C. product dribbled through the open midfield and found a streaking Hall making a run towards goal. Hall went one-on-one with the keeper with a defender behind him, but Chris Brown came out and made the open field save.
BC scored on its first chance of the night with 19:57 left in the half. A Maryland foul in its offensive half of the field allowed the Eagles the free kick. The ball was blasted to the other half of the field with Manswell making a run to the ball in front of him. Manswell got to the ball first and beat the Terps' keeper to put BC up 1-0.
Just over three minutes later, Alejandro Bedoya used some fancy footwork on the right side to find some open field. He then found Shawn Chin in front of him who delivered a cross into the box where Manswell was waiting. Manswell hooked a shot into the left side netting for his second goal of the match and gave BC a 2-0 advantage heading into the half.
The second frame was dominated with midfield play as both teams battled for possession. Boston College got the only dangerous chance in the half as a cross was sent into the box from the left side. Manswell was there again, but this time, freshman keeper Thorne Holder made a good save deflecting the shot over the cross bar.
The Terps (2-2-1) return home to Ludwig Field on Wednesday, September 19 when they host Old Dominion for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.