Boston College upsets No. 15 Wake Forest; Luthy stops eight shots
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Senior Charlie Rugg scored the match's only goal in the 57th minute as Boston College won at No. 15 Wake Forest 1-0 Saturday afternoon in front of 1,514 fans at Spry Stadium.
Rugg scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season and has now scored a point in each of the last five matches. Senior Kyle Bekker and freshman Dylan Pritchard got the assists on the score. Senior Justin Luthy was credited with a season-high eight saves in goal - the most since he had 12 vs. Rhode Island on September 23, 2011. All of his saves came in the second half.
The Eagles are 4-0-1 in their last five matches.
The first half started with Wake Forest controlling much of the action, but the Eagles took control later in the period. The Demon Deacons got four of the match's first five shots in the initial 20 minutes, but the Eagles took the next five shots to close the half.
BC's best chance may have come on its first shot, when Bekker sent a free kick into the box. Freshman Derrick Boateng handled the ball amidst a flurry of defenders, but found some open space for a shot that was eventually blocked.
Rugg battled for a quality chance at the 21:00 mark and nearly put BC on top. He was fighting for a loose ball at the top of the box with a defender and the goalkeeper who came off his line. He won the ball, turned and took a shot, but a Wake Forest defender was there to keep the ball out of the net.
The two sides went into halftime scoreless, but the Demon Deacons made a push 10 minutes into the second half and got their first two shots on goal of the day. Luciano Delbono made a nice pass to Michael Gamble on the left side of the box. Gamble fired a shot right at Luthy who made his first save of the match. He was tested again seconds later by Chris Duvall but notched another stop.
BC responded immediately and got the match's only goal to take a 1-0 lead in the 57th minute. Pritchard handled the ball in the middle of the attacking zone. He dished off to Bekker to his right and Bekker served a perfect pass to a streaking Rugg in the box. Rugg chipped a shot over the oncoming keeper to give the Eagles the lead.
Wake Forest spent the rest of the match on the offensive and recorded eight shots in the final 33 minutes. The first flurry came with 20 minutes left but Luthy continued to keep the Demon Deacons scoreless. Collin Martin peppered him with a couple of shots, the first of which was a blast right at him. The second time, Martin tried to sneak a solid shot to the right of Luthy, but he made a diving save and did not allow a rebound.
Minutes later, Gamble stole possession of the ball at the top of the BC goalie box. A pass back to him gave Gamble a great shot at goal, but his attempt went wide of the post. Wake's best chance may have come with 9:10 left in the match. Teddy Mullin sent a good cross into the box to a streaking Jared Watts, but he was a tick too late and the ball went untouched.
The Demon Deacons (7-2-3, 1-1-3 ACC) battled to the end as Gamble blasted a low shot at Luthy with 35 seconds left, but Luthy tallied his eighth save and did not allow a rebound to secure the win.