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
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. * BOSTON COLLEGE FRESHMEN:
(Columbus Crew Academy) Allowed one goal in the last four games.
(D.C. United Academy)
Left-sided player made first start at Maryland.
(New York Red Bulls Academy) Started first seven games.
(Albertson SC) One of five freshmen to start on opening day.
Has two goals and three assists.
(New Zealand) First collegiate goal was winner against Duke.
(LAFC Chelsea) Scored insurance goal against Duke from penalty spot.
(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.) * TUESDAY'S TOP 25 SCHEDULE:
George Mason vs. No. 3 Maryland
Radford vs. No. 5 North Carolina
No. 4 Wake Forest vs. Charlotte
No. 10 Indiana vs. No. 23
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