Drake's late goal gives Clemson 1-0 triumph over No. 10 BC; Ohio State tops MSU 2-0.
| Tommy Drake's tally allowed Clemson to surprise No. 10 Boston College.
-- Clemson University photo --
CLEMSON, S.C. (Sunday, November 4, 2007) -- Freshman striker Tommy Drake found net with 4:18 remaining, giving Clemson a 1-0 victory over No. 10 Boston College in an Atlantic Coast Conference match at Riggs Field this afternoon.
In handing the Eagles their first league loss, Clemson improved to 7-10-1, 2-6 in the ACC. Despite allowing only one shot on goal, BC fell to 11-4-1, 6-1.
Senior midfielder Mark Buckholz's right-side throw-went to sophomore defender David Newton, who flicked it on to his left. The ball bounced once and Drake rifled a 12-yarder just inside the left post for his fourth goal.
"We competed well today," Clemson coach Trevor Adair said. "We did what we had to do and we did a good job of containing them. Boston College is a very good team. Tommy Drake is a proving that he is a good player in this league.
"I am happy for our seniors today. It was very fitting to go out (of their last home match) on a great win like this after a very frustrating year. Bryson Moore played well defensively, as did David Newton. This win should help our confidence as we head to the ACC Tournament."
BC outshot Clemson 10-7, 2-1 on frame.
No. 21 Ohio State 2, No. 18 Michigan State 0
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Twenty-first-ranked Ohio State stretched its program-record unbeaten streak to eight games, using a goal and an assist by senior forward Xavier Balc to drop No. 18 Michigan State 2-0 in a Big Ten match before 922 at Old College Field.
The Buckeyes, 6-0-2 since September 29, are 11-3-4, 4-1-1 in the Big Ten. MSU is 11-4-3 and 2-3-1.
Ohio State had not won a regular-season game at Michigan State since 1989, going 0-7-1 since. The Spartans entered the game 7-0-1 at home this season with only four goals allowed at Old College Field.
"This was a tough test, but there's no question we were the better team," Ohio State coach John Bluem said. "Two superb goals staked us to a 2-0 lead early in the first half and we know how to take care of a lead. Now the postseason begins and we have to make sure that our energy and attitude are ready to continue this streak."
Balc put OSU ahead 1-0 with 7:04 elapsed with what became the eighth game-winner of his collegiate career. Junior midfielder Roger Espinoza carried past several opponents before passing to Balc, who slotted his shot under goalkeeper Chris Austin into the lower left corner of the net.
Balc fed senior defender Eric Brunner for a header that made it 2-0 with 25:35 gone. Balc was credited with his 12th assist of the season and the 33th of his career. He leads the Buckeyes this season in goals (4), assists and points (20).
The Wolverines outshot OSU 13-8, 4-3 on goal.
"I thought we came out a bit flat early," MSU coach Joe Baum said. "We started to play better later, but by then we were already down 2-0 and it was tough to come back."
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