Men’s Soccer Back in the NCAA Tournament
By: Anthony Iati
For the first time in three years and 13th time in program history, the Boston College Men’s Soccer team (9-7-1, 4-4-0 ACC) will be competing in the Division I NCAA Tournament. The Eagles, led by head coach Ed Kelly, will host the University of Vermont (11-6-3, 3-2-2 America East) on Thursday at 6:00 pm on the Newton Soccer Field. Kelly’s teams have reached the NCAAs 12 times, including a stretch of six consecutive berths from 2007-2012. BC received an at-large bid for the tournament after being bounced from the ACC Tournament in the quarterfinals by Clemson University. Should the Eagles defeat the Catamounts, they will advance to face the South Florida Bulls (11-5-3, 5-1-2 AAC).
It’s been a memorable season for BC, as Kelly earned his 300th win on October 30, while freshmen such as Simon Enstrom (team leader in points) have made tremendous contributions. The ACC slate also included an exciting 2-1 home victory over the then-No. 2 Virginia Cavalier.s Give BC credit for reaching postseason play with an extremely young core. The Eagles look to be an NCAA Tournament fixture for years to come.
Thursday night’s game can be streamed online through Eagle Vision. Brad Knight and Charlie Davies (of the New England Revolution and formerly of the U.S. National Team) will broadcast the match.