Late Ben Polk goal sends Syracuse to first College Cup
Ben Polk headed home a corner kick from Liam Callahan at the far post in the 79th minute to break a scoreless tie with Boston College (11-8-2) and send Syracuse (16-5-3) to its first College Cup.
Polk, a junior college transfer who has been key to the Orange’s historic postseason run, spoiled a big day for Boston College goalkeeper Alex Kapp, who cut out chance after chance created by the home team and finished with eight saves on the day.
Callahan’s corner kick was the 13th of the day for the Orange, which outshot the Eagles 16-6. Polk, who has scored five of his 12 goals in the postseason, lost in the national junior college semifinals with Herkimer last year.
Two of Polk’s other postseason goals came against Syracuse’s next opponent, Clemson, in the ACC championship semifinal. Clemson topped the Orange 1-0 on a late goal in the team’s first meeting this year in October.
Syracuse advancing makes two ACC teams in the College Cup and means the final will feature at least one ACC team for the third straight year and the eighth time in nine years.