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Boston College's newbies blossom quickly
by Paul Kennedy, September 29th, 2009 8:30AM



MEN'S NEWS ... This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Boston College, but after a 1-3 start -- including losses to No. 3 Maryland and No. 8 Harvard -- the Eagles have run off four wins in a row, including a 2-0 win over Duke on Friday night, and made their 2009 debut in the Soccer America Men's Top 25 this week at No. 14.

Veteran coach Eddie Kelly had seven starters, including All-American Alejandro Bedoya, graduate and an eighth, Shawn Chin, transfer to South Florida. But Kelly, now seconded by Marco Koolman, the highly successful head coach at Division II Franklin Pierce, has built BC into one of the hottest men's programs in recent years. The Eagles have held their own since joining the ACC in 2005, and they've featured such players as U.S. national team star Charlie Davies and Bedoya.

The '09 Eagles' best player may be sophomore Edwin Worley, who like Bedoya and Chin hails from Florida, but a corps of eight freshmen have made a huge difference. Except for Worley's two goals, all the scoring has come from freshmen. Kelly has found them in New England boarding schools, MLS academy programs, as far away as the LAFC Chelsea program in Southern California.

Only one senior, defender Chris Carey, played against Duke, and it was his first appearance of the season since returning from injury.

GK-Justin Luthy (Columbus Crew Academy) Allowed one goal in the last four games.
D-Isaac Taylor (D.C. United Academy) Left-sided player made first start at Maryland.
D-Sacir Hot (New York Red Bulls Academy) Started first seven games.
D-Stefan Carter (Albertson SC) One of five freshmen to start on opening day.
M-Kyle Bekker (Canada) Has two goals and three assists.
M-Colin Murphy (New Zealand) First collegiate goal was winner against Duke.
F-Kevin Mejia (LAFC Chelsea) Scored insurance goal against Duke from penalty spot.
F-Charlie Rugg (FC Greater Boston Bolts) Leads BC with three goals and two assists.

* SOCCER FEVER. Two days before game time, No. 1 Akron announced that its game against No. 11 Ohio State is already a sellout. It's the Zips' second advance sellout in four games at Lee Jackson Field this season. UA set an attendance record on Sept. 18 when 2,443 watched the Zips defeat Indiana, 1-0. (UA students with valid ID will be admitted free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis when the gates open at 6:30 p.m. and continuing until the facility reaches its capacity.)

George Mason vs. No. 3 Maryland
Radford vs. No. 5 North Carolina
No. 4 Wake Forest vs. Charlotte
No. 10 Indiana vs. No. 23 Kentucky
No. 14 Boston College vs. Siena
No. 15 Duke vs. Elon
No. 16 Virginia vs. VCU

* MASTERS CANDIDATE. Mike Mattson, whose goal gave Clemson a 1-0 win over Virginia Friday for its first win in seven games, is in the masters of professional accounting program at Clemson after graduating from the University of Central Florida in May. He started for three seasons at UCF, sat out the 2008 and spent the summer with the Central Florida Kraze in the PDL, where was second in the league with 10 assists. Mattson is featured in this week's Soccer America Men's Team of the Week

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