No. 8 Virginia, No. 20 BC Battle to 1-1 Draw
Oct. 23, 2010
NEWTON, Mass. - Each team saw its top scorer deliver a key goal as 20th-ranked Boston College and eighth-ranked Virginia battled to a 1-1 Atlantic Coast Conference tie before 926 fans at a chilly Newton Campus Field. BC sophomore Charlie Rugg netted his sixth goal of the season to give the home team a 1-0 first-half lead and Virginia junior Brian Ownby knotted the match, netting his seventh goal of the season in the 58th minute.
Virginia outshot BC 5-3 in the first 22 minutes of the first half, with its best chance coming on a Felipe Libreros shot from 12 yards out that sailed wide to the right of the goal. BC attempted the last seven shots of the half, including Rugg's score. The sophomore put the host Eagles on top at 38:36, settling a cross from junior Amit Aburmad and drilling a one-timer from five yards into the back of the net.
After Rugg's 15-foot shot was saved by Cavalier keeper Diego Restrepo in the first minute of the second half, Virginia carried the play for much of the early part of the half. The visitors' early pressure paid off when senior T.J. Cyrus delivered a cross from the right side and found Ownby streaking down the middle and Ownby's header from 10 yards landed in the right side of the goal at 57:29.
Boston College responded to the Cavalier score with two quality chances in the ensuing minutes. Sophomore Colin Murphy's right-footed shot from 20 yards out missed to the right at 62:29, and Rugg's redirected shot from in front of the goal missed to the left at 64:06.
While BC continued to grow its shot advantage later in the half, Virginia threatened to break the tie in the 85th minute but Ownby's effort from 15 yards out on the right side missed the far side of the goal.
Each team attempted two shots in the first 10-minute extra session. Virginia junior Jimmy Simpson's shot just 13 seconds in missed to the left. BC's best chance - a strong Rugg shot from 16 yards on the left - was saved by Restrepo at 99:24.
In the second extra session, BC maintained possession in the offensive end for much of the time. The Eagles enjoyed a 3-1 edge in shots, but Virginia enjoyed the best chance when Simpson stole the ball in the BC end and was poised to end the match only to see BC keeper Justin Luthy make a diving stop on the shot from 12 yards out at 107:18.
BC finished with a 27-15 shot advantage. BC's Luthy made three stops. Virginia's Restrepo recorded seven saves.
Game Notes: Virginia's Ownby attempted a team-high six shots (two on goal) ... BC was led by Aburmad's six shots and Rugg's five shots (three on goal) ... Eleven BC players registered at least one shot.