Oct. 16, 2010
NEWTON, Mass. – Boston College junior Conor Fitzpatrick’s first-half score was matched by North Carolina junior Alex Dixon’s second-half tally as the 18th-ranked Eagles and third-ranked Tar Heels battled to a 1-1 ACC tie before 538 rain-soaked fans at the Newton Campus Field.
Each team registered three saves in the 20 minutes of extra time. BC junior Amit Aburmad accounted for two of the Eagles’ chances, including the best scoring bid of the overtimes. Aburmad’s solid header off a feed from classmate Patrick Chin was saved by UNC keeper Scott Goodwin at the 105:00 mark.
Fitzpatrick’s right-footed blast from 30 yards out on the left side sailed across the box and eluded Goodwin and struck the top right corner of the goal. Chin earned the assist as BC claimed the early lead (at 19:21).
The Tar Heels, which enjoyed a 4-3 shot advantage in the first half (68:56), controlled play for much of the second half and were rewarded in the 69th minute . Dixon received a cross from senior Eddie Ababio and beat BC goalkeeper Justin Luthy from 10 yards out on the left side.
After tying the match, UNC continued to press, yet the host Eagles enjoyed the better chances late in the contest. Aburmad’s solid shot from the right flank in the 82nd minute was saved by Goodwin. Just seconds later, BC nearly capitalized on a Kyle Bekker corner kick, but sophomore Colin Murphy’s header flew over the goal.
North Carolina outshot BC, 9-3, in the second half and 16-9 for the game. Senior Michael Farfan led all players with four shots. BC was paced by Aburmad’s three shots, all of them on net.
Both goalkeepers – UNC’s Goodwin and BC’s Luthy – were credited with three saves.
Game Notes: Senior Myles Gerraty made his second consecutive start for the Eagles. Gerraty was a last-minute pregame replacement for junior Edvin Worley … The game was played in a light, but steady rain – with winds gusting up to 25 mph.
Team Records: Boston College 6-2-4, 1-1-3 ACC; North Carolina 9-2-1, 5-0-1 ACC