September 3, 2012
STOPPING THE STAGS
BC slips past Fairfield 1-0
FAIRFIELD, Conn. –Senior Kevin Mejia scored the only goal in the 78th minute to lead No. 13 Boston College to a 1-0 victory at Fairfield Monday night at Lessing Field.
Mejia scored his second goal of the season in the second half off of a cross from freshman Derrick Boateng, who collected his first collegiate point with the assist.
BC was efficient in its attack as eight of its 11 shots were on goal. The Eagles outshot the Stags 11-4 in the match.
The first 45 minutes was relatively quiet with a combined five shots and three on target. Boston College did a majority of the attacking, getting off four of the shots. Mejia challenged Fairfield keeper Michael O’Keeffe in the early going, forcing him to make a save in the eighth minute. Senior Justin Luthy notched his first save in the 30th minute by stopping a Jordan Ayris attempt, and then the only other threat was when senior Kyle Bekker put a shot on net that was turned away.
The Eagles came out firing in the second half and forced O’Keeffe to make three saves in the first 10 minutes. BC kept the pressure on and it paid off in the 78th minute when Boateng sent a cross into the box that Mejia put away for the game-winner.
Fairfield (1-1-0) was only able to muster one more shot in the remaining time and it sailed wide.
O’Keeffe was credited with seven saves in the match while Luthy had to make one to earn the clean sheet.
Boston College (2-1-0) opens ACC play on Friday night when its hosts No. 6 Maryland at the Newton Campus Field at 7 p.m.