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W. Soccer Beantown Rivalry Ends in 1-1 Draw




Aug. 19, 2011

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Newton, Mass. - The NSCAA fourth-ranked Boston College women's soccer opened the 2011 campaign with a double-overtime, 1-1, draw, against its cross town rival, Boston University, on Friday night at Newton Soccer Field. Junior forward Victoria DiMartino capitalized on a defensive blunder by the Terriers (0-0-1) in the 41st minute to give the Eagles (0-0-1) their first goal of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni (0-0-1) stopped nine shots in to earn the split decision with Alice Binns (0-0-1), who prevent four of six shots on goal from the Eagles. BC out shot BU, 15-13, on the day.

The tie marks the first time in 17 matches that neither of the two sides prevailed and only the second time in 16 seasons that the Eagles tied in their home debut.

After roughly 75 minutes of a delay due to passing hail storms, junior Alicia Blose utilized just 22 seconds before ripping a shot high over the crossbar to give BC its first chance on net of the afternoon.

However, BU was the first team to score. A hard tackle awarded the Terriers a free kick a few yards beyond the top of the arch near BC's penalty box. Jessica Luscinski floated a ball high and into the center of the net to put her team up, 1-0, at 23:04 in the first half.

BC pressured to get the point back, but it would take nearly 20 minutes for the scoreboard to light up. The ball was sent in from the right midfield; bending sharply as it came to the turf. As DiMartino rushed to make a play on the hop, BU's defender knocked ball loose from the goalkeeper and enable the All-ACC forward to put the ball in the back of the net.

The 29th goal of DiMartino's career moves her into a tie for fourth place with Brooke Knowlton '10 on BC's all-time list. The score also put Massapequa Park, N.Y. native at 72 career points - sixth most ever by an Eagle.

Junior midfielder Kristen Mewis led the Eagles with eight shots in the match, but the MAC Hermann Trophy nominee had several opportunities were blocked by the defense.

As the second half progressed, senior midfielder Julia Bouchelle threatened down the middle of the field, only to have the attempt thwarted by Binns. A few minutes later, Mewis managed a solid strike from outside the 18, but missed low and right.

As the match moved into the overtime periods both sides began to develop deeper penetrating runs with little result. Just before the 96th minute, BC registered the first-and-only corner kick of the night, but the Terrier defense cleared the ball to the opposite sideline.

Mewis tallied the final scoring opportunity for BC in the last few tics of the clock, but 110 minutes of hard fought soccer were not enough to award the decision to either side.

Boston College will host Fairfield on Sunday, August 21 at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available through GameTracker.

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