Clemson won its 10th match of the season with a 3-2 victory over Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference men’s soccer match at Riggs Field Friday night.
With the win, the Tigers are now 10-4-2 overall, 5-2-2 in the ACC. Boston College falls to 6-6-2 overall and 3-5-1 in league play.
This is the first time since the 2006 season that the Tigers have won 10 matches in a season. It is also the first time since 1998 that the Tigers have won five Atlantic Coast Conference matches in a season.
Manolo Sanchez scored his fifth goal of the year in giving the Tigers a 1-0 advantage in the 17th minute. From the middle, Ara Amirkhanian sent a pass forward to Sanchez, whose shot from 16 yards out beat Boston College’s keeper, Alex Kapp to his left and the ball rolled into the goal near the right post.
T.J. Casner scored late in the first half to give Clemson a 2-0 lead at the break. On a give-and-go, Casner from the left corner of the box crossed the ball to Thales Moreno at the top of the arc. Moreno played a diagonal pass back to Casner, who flicked a shot over a diving Boston College goalkeeper to the upper right corner for his second goal of the year.
The Tigers’ Bobby Belair scored his first goal of the season in the 55th minute of play giving Clemson a 3-0 advantage. Thomas McNamara crossed the ball from the left side to Belair, who, with his back turned to goal, swiveled to his right and tapped the ball in from six yards out.
Boston College came back and scored two straight goals. In the 70th minute, Zeiko Lewis passed to Cole DeNormandie setting up a one-on-one situation with the Tiger goalkeeper Andrew Tarbell. DeNormandie put the ball away from 14 yards out for his third goal of the season.
In the 85th minute of play, the Eagles scored again. Lewis won the ball in the box and laid a pass off with his left foot to Giuliano Frano. Frano fired a strike from the penalty mark for his third goal of the year.
Clemson outshot Boston College 14-10 in the match and had three corner kicks to the Eagles’ one.
“I’m very proud of the guys,” said Clemson coach Mike Noonan. "We scored three very good goals. I thought T.J. Casner played great. Paul Clowes had a steady game as did Tommy McNamara. Bobby Belair did well too, I was happy for him that he was able to score. He’s a tough kid, and I was glad he was able to play tonight.
“I am happy that we won our 10th game, but we have two more and we need to work hard preparing for them. I think the program has shown progress through the process and we still have more work to do.”
The Tigers will play at Syracuse next Friday and will finish the regular season on Nov. 8 when the Tigers play host to Duke at Riggs Field.
Clemson 3, Boston College 2
Clemson--Manolo Sanchez (Ara Amirkhanian) 16:14
Clemson—T.J. Casner (Thales Moreno) 38:18
Clemson—Bobby Belair (Thomas McNamara) 54:14
Boston College—Cole DeNormandie (Unassisted) 69:57
Boston College—Giuliano Frano (Zeiko Lewis) 84:23
Shots: Clemson 14, Boston College 10
Corner Kicks: Clemson 3, Boston College 1
Saves: Andrew Tarbell (CU) 1, Alex Kapp (BC) 3
Fouls: Clemson 11, Boston College 11