CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Virginia men’s soccer team (6-3-3, 2-2-1 ACC) rallied from a late one-goal deficit to come away with a 1-1 draw on the road against Boston College (3-4-4, 0-3-2 ACC) on Friday night (Oct. 6) at the Newton Soccer Complex.
65’ BC — Williams (O’Neil)
76’ Virginia — Annor (Wiese)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- It was a tightly contested first half as the teams split possession evenly. Joey Batrouni was forced make one save early off a set piece, but it was the Cavaliers that looked the more dangerous side.
- Umberto Pelà registered a pair of threatening chances from range in the first half. His first curled wide of the far post. His second was fizzed on target but deflected by the outstretched leg of a Boston College defender.
- In the second half, it was the Eagles who found a way through. A long shot from Augustine Boadi rung off the crossbar and was batted away by Joey Batrouni. The ball pin-balled around the penalty area until it fell to the foot of CJ Williams who struck to put Boston College up 1-0.
- The Cavaliers turned up the heat immediately after conceding. Axel Ahlander found the back of the net just two minutes after the tie had been broken, but his goal was disallowed for offside.
- The relentless attack continued and eventually prevailed. It was Paul Wiese who curled a pin-point cross into Stephen Annor whose header was curled inside the far post to level the score with just under 15 minutes to play.
- Virginia had a chance to take the lead late when a low strike from Reese Miller was turned away by the goalkeeper. It was controlled by Kome Ubogu and sent into the center of the box where Annor’s final attempt was blocked.
WIESE TO ANNOR 🎯🎯🎯
GAME ON IN BOSTON!
— Virginia Men’s Soccer (@UVAMenSoccer) October 7, 2023
FROM HEAD COACH GEORGE GELNOVATCH:
“This was a good point on the road against a tough ACC opponent. I thought a fair result would be three points tonight, but any time you can get a point on the road in this conference, that’s a good thing. We now have all week to prepare for a very solid Pitt team at home.”
- Stephen Annor scored his sixth goal in seven games and his seventh on the season overall
- Annor’s goal was the latest Virginia has scored in any match this season
- Paul Wiese notched his fourth assist of the season and now leads the team
- Kome Ubogu made his first start in two seasons (10/25/21)
- Austin Rome made his first start of the season at left center-back
- Virginia has come from behind to earn a result in back-to-back games
- Virginia outshot Boston College by a margin of 9-5
- The Cavaliers placed four shots on target compared to BC’s two
- Each team was assessed three yellow cards
- Virginia held the edge in possession controlling 52 percent
- The Cavaliers are now 8-5-4 against Boston College all-time
Virginia will return home to Klöckner Stadium Friday (Oct. 13) when the Cavaliers host No. 20 Pitt in another ACC tilt. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. on ACCNX.