NEWTON, MA – A potent Rutgers offensive was held in check on Friday night as the Boston College Eagles held the 13th-ranked Scarlet Knights scoreless in a match for the first time all season, registering a 0-0 tie at the Newton Campus Soccer Field in Newton, MA. The tie is Rutgers’ third in its last four games, moving the Scarlet Knights to 7-3-3 overall and 4-1-3 in conference play for the season.
Rutgers, who entered the week as the BIG EAST’s leader in goals per game at 2.42, collided with a defensive-oriented Boston College team that has now surrendered just nine goals in 14 matches this season. Friday marked the first time in 13 matches this season that Rutgers has failed to produce at least one goal.
The Scarlet Knights’ attacking third did penetrate the BC defense several times, ripping off 15 shots to the Eagles’ 14. Rutgers and Boston College each recorded five corner kicks.
Friday also marked just the third game this season that senior forward Josh Gros (Mechanicsburg, PA), who entered the week fifth in the nation in points per game (2.72), was held without a point in the match. He was previously held scoreless against Virginia tech (9/28) and St. Mary’s (10/5).
Senior Scott Conway (Aston, PA) made his first appearance in three games for the Scarlet Knights, earning his 11th career start. Conway was sidelined in RU’s two previous matches against Notre Dame and Syracuse after suffering a deep bruise on his right thigh against Seton Hall on Oct. 8. He played the entire match on Friday, registering four saves.
“This was a very difficult game,” said Rutgers head coach Bob Reasso. “Boston College is a very powerful and direct team. The only time they put us in trouble was on set pieces. I thought we played very well tonight and defended their set pieces bravely. We had a number of quality scoring chances, but could not finish them off.”
The Scarlet Knights open a three-match homestand on Wednesday night, as they face Villanova at 7 p.m. at Yurcak Field in Piscataway, NJ. Following its match with the Wildcats, Rutgers will host West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 25, and Princeton on Tuesday, Oct. 28.