Boston College 1, Connecticut
Boston College 1, Connecticut 0ÂNov. 23, 2004
Chestnut Hill, Mass. Sophomore back Sam Brill (Newton, Mass.) netted the game-winner in the 60th minute to lead Boston College over Connecticut, 1-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday evening at Newton Campus Soccer Field.
After freshman Johann Helgason (Akureyri, Iceland) played a short corner kick to sophomore Jarryd Goldberg (Basking Ridge, N.J.), he regained control of the ball and served it into the box. Brill, an All-Big East second team selection, controlled the ball with his head, knocking it past UConn goalkeeper Adam Schuerman (Brookfield, Wis.) for his second tally of the season.
The 15th-seeded Eagles (13-4-2) and the Huskies (12-8-3) battled frigid temperatures to play a stellar first half. Both teams turned in superb defensive efforts in the opening 45 minutes, with Schuerman making three of his four saves to keep the game scoreless. The Eagles did not allow a shot on goal the entire night.
BC senior co-captain Guy Melamed (Nofit, Israel) played one of his best offensive games of the season, nearly scoring twice in the opening half. After a Helgason corner kick in the 33rd minute, Melamed headed the ball toward the Husky goal, but Schuerman was in place for the save. Seven minutes later, the 2004 Big East Midfielder of the Year missed wide left after creating another excellent opportunity.
UConn had a chance to tie to score in the 82nd minute after junior Willis Forko (Houston, Texas) served a free kick toward the goal. Sophomore Steve Sealy (St. James, Trinidad) missed the header just over the top post. Freshman Ryan Cordeiro (Highland Mills, N.Y.) had a good look at 88:48, but missed wide right.
Sophomore goalkeeper Issey Maholo (Tokyo, Japan) registered his 10th shutout of the season, pushing him into second-place on the schools all-time single-season list. His 13 wins tie him for third on the single-season wins list.
The Eagles advance to the third round of the NCAA Tournament, where they await the winner of Tuesday nights game between Indiana and Michigan. The second-seeded Hoosiers are the defending national champions. If Indiana wins, BC will travel to Bloomington for a Sunday matchup. A Michigan upset will allow the Eagles to host the Sweet 16 contest on Sunday afternoon in Chestnut Hill.
Boston College 1, Connecticut 0 Connecticut 0 0 - 0 Boston College 0 1 - 1 Scoring 1st Half - None 2nd Half Sam Brill (Johann Helgason) 60:00. Shots UC 4, BC 4 Corner Kicks UC 1, BC 3 Fouls UC 5, BC 3 Offsides UC 0, BC 0
-- Courtesy Boston College