Analysis: Men’s Soccer Defeats URI 4-2

September 26, 2012

By Alex Stanley, For The Heights

Boston College’s offensive game plan proved successful on Tuesday afternoon, as Charlie Rugg and Derrick Boateng combined to score four goals in the Eagles’ 4-2 rout of the University of Rhode Island Rams in Newton.

Both Boateng and Rugg were fantastic in exploiting the Ram’s defense.

Boateng, a freshman, drifted throughout the top third, making runs behind Rhode Island’s back four and giving them a lot of overall trouble. His fast, crafty nature gave the Rams’ backline a headache, netting one on a follow up from one of Rugg’s shots. Boateng’s second goal came from him speeding into a defensive hole on a chipped through-ball.

Rugg provided the perfect complement to Boateng, as he played the role of center forward extremely well, in providing a target for the players to aim at. He was bigger than every Rhode Island defender, and often used his strength to hold back the center backs.

His two goals came from him volleying a Boateng cross after taking it down with his chest, and Kyle Bekker slipping him past the defense, placing it coolly past the keeper.

Rugg and Boateng were a brilliant striking duo throughout the match, and the offensive side of things was not nearly the same as when the two were working off of each other.

As for the midfield, Bekker was particularly impressive in pulling the strings on the attacking end of the ball. He looked to be at home while sneaking through-balls to Boateng or Rugg. Bekker was fairly quiet throughout the whole of the game, but made important plays when needed.

Perhaps the most remarkable midfielder in the game was Jason Abbott, a freshman from Ireland. Despite being only 5-foot-8, he played like a much bigger player. His tackling was often spot-on and he proved vital in controlling the midfield.

The wingers were actually very quiet on offense, and provided very little by means of attack. The only improvement would be to get them more involved in attacks, as this could very well help the team as they face more skilled and defensive teams. Nonetheless, Christian Johnson, a right mid, bagged up two assists, coming into play when it counted.

The defense proved a bit shaky, letting up two goals. They were stable for most of the game, but a couple miscues from the back four and keeper Justin Luthy cost them goals. Chris Ager, a junior from Norway, was the most notable force in the backline, knocking away any cross that came his way.

More coverage from today’s game will appear in Friday’s issue of The Heights

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