Boston College holds on to early one-goal lead to upset No. 1 Notre Dame
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Sophomore Isaac Normesinu scored the lone goal in the 15th minute to lead the Boston College men's soccer team to a 1-0 win against No. 1 Notre Dame at a rain-soaked Alumni Stadium on Friday night.
It was Normesinu's team-leading fifth goal of the season.
Senior Giuliano Frano had the first good chance of the night when he took a shot at the keeper four minutes after the opening whistle. Patrick Wall made the save and then Notre Dame nearly scored on the ensuing possession. Leon Brown found a streaking Vince Cicciarelli on the right side of the box. He tried to slip a shot into the left post but it rolled just wide.
The game-winning goal came from Normesinu minutes later. Freshman Henry Balf sent a long pass from the defensive half to the top of the box on the other end of the pitch. A Notre Dame defender got to it first but misplayed it, and Normesinu made him pay as his shot hit the back of the net.
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Notre Dame nearly equalized the match with six minutes left in the half when a nice through ball was sent into Jeffrey Farinia in the box. He redirected the ball towards goal, but his shot barely missed the right post.
The Irish had quality chances in the second half as well but BC was able to hold them off. One opportunity came three minutes into the half when Patrick Hodan sent a cross into the box from the left side. Brandon Aubrey was waiting and got a foot on it, but his shot sailed high of the crossbar.
Max Lachowecki was inches away from scoring the tying goal with 16 minutes left in the match. He handled the ball on the top left corner of the box and decided to take a try on net. His shot beat junior Alex Kapp, but it hit the far post and stayed out of the goal.
Kapp made three saves for BC while Wall made two for the Irish.