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September 14, 2012
BC dominates, ties Virginia Tech 1-1

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Senior Charlie Rugg scored his first goal of the season and Boston College held a 24-9 advantage in shots, but the Eagles settled for a 1-1 draw with Virginia Tech Friday night at Thompson Field.

Rugg scored his first goal of the season in his first start at the beginning of the second half. Classmate Kyle Bekker provided the assist to give BC the 1-0 lead. The Eagles pressured the Virginia Tech defense all night and forced Hokie keeper Kyle Renfro to make a career high nine saves.

Boston College dominated the pace in the first half and had a 13-3 lead in shots, but could not convert on any of them. Renfro made six of his saves in the first 45 minutes. Bekker nearly put the Eagles on the board in the 11th minute when his shot struck the post but stayed out. BC peppered the Hokies with seven unanswered shots for the next 20 minutes and Renfro turned away three of them.

The Eagles were rewarded for their strong first half just 34 seconds into the second when Bekker and Rugg connected on the match’s first goal. BC earned an extra advantage when Virginia Tech’s Devante Dubose was shown a red card five minutes later, forcing the Hokies to play a man down.

BC remained on the offensive and took the next five shots. Renfro made two saves and sophomore Diego Medina-Mendez hit the pipe in the 60th minute, but Virginia Tech notched the equalizer in the 83rd. David Fiorello blasted a shot from 35 yards out that deflected off a BC defender and into the net to tie it up, 1-1, and force overtime.

BC held a 2-1 edge in shots in the first overtime session and Renfro had to make a save. In the second 10 minutes, Virginia Tech (3-2-1, 0-1-1 ACC) had the 2-1 shot advantage but senior Justin Luthy (three saves) was not tested and the game ended in a draw.

The Eagles (2-2-1, 0-1-1) stay on the road and face No. 4 Connecticut Tuesday night in Storrs.

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