No.13 Field Hockey's Last-Minute Score Beats No. 18 Boston University, 2-1
Sept. 7, 2007
Cambridge, Mass. -- Boston College junior back Kelley Smith scored on the Eagles' final corner to eek out a 2-1 win over No. 17 Boston University on Friday, Sept. 7. This was the team's fourth straight win after dropping the season-opener.
The two teams battled back and forth the entire first half, without scoring for the first 34 minutes. BC recorded two shots to BU's nine. With seconds left on the clock, the Terriers were awarded a penalty corner. With no time left, they got a shot off, but junior goalkeeper Julia Berkowitz made a diving save. They were awarded a second corner, which they capitalized on when Pam Spuehler dished to Haley Robinson for the first goal of the game.
The second half was much like the first, as the two teams kept it out of the each other's circles. With 8:45 left in the game and the Eagles down by one, Berkowitz came out of the goal and saved a Terrier breakaway with a diving stick stop.
In the 66th minute, sophomore Chelsey Feole gained the ball and on a break away and avoiding oncoming goalie Amanda Smith, tied the score at 1-1. Feole's goal, a hard shot to the bottom left corner of the net, was her sixth on the season.
With less than two minutes to play, the Eagles were awarded a penalty corner, their fourth of the half. Senior back Brenna Leahy inserted the ball to junior forward Bob Dirks, who passed off to Smith. Smith's hard shot found the back of the net, and the Eagles took the lead.
With only 1:15 to play in the game, the Terriers threatened to even the contest, but Dirks controlled the ball in BC's circle and passed up to Feole, who dribbled out the of Eagles' territory. The game ended with another Boston College victory.
Berkowitz recorded nine saves on the day and freshman Emily Kozniuk recorded her first-career defensive save.
Head Coach Ainslee Lamb was excited not only with the win, but with the excellent play of both teams.
"This was an excellent game for New England," Lamb said. "Both teams played exceptionally well and we battled back and forth. Chelsey's goal was incredible. I think this might be one the most exciting games I have ever been part of."
Boston College hopes to extend its win streak when it battles Sacred Heart at home on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1:00 p.m.