Women's Soccer Falls To BU, 2-1
Aug. 24, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
The Boston College women's soccer team lost to Boston University, 2-1, on Sunday night at Nickerson Stadium. The Eagles are now 1-1-0 on the season, while the Terriers are 2-0.
Boston College got on the board quickly off a corner kick in the 13th minute of play. Junior Lauren Bernard's corner kick went near post and the BU goalkeeper Alyssa Parisi mishandled the ball and it slipped into the goal for a 1-0 BC lead.
BC's sophomore Hayley Dowd opened the second half with a shot from 24 yards out but the BU keeper handled it with ease. Boston University started to carry the play and would tie the game on a misplayed ball by the Eagles defense. Jenna Fisher took advantage and broke into the box and placed it over BC goalkeeper Alex Johnson's head at the 53rd minute mark.
With 20 minutes to play, McCaffrey ripped a shot from 12 yards out to the near post. BU's goalkeeper Bridget Conway, who entered the game at the half, dove to make the save but the ball bounced off her hands. Dowd battled on the end line for the loose ball which resulted into a BC corner kick.
Johnson came up big for the Eagles with 25 minutes left in the game. A long ball by the BU defense set Fisher on a breakaway with two BC defenders on her trail. Johnson came all the way out to the 18 yard box to deflect the ball high into the direction of the goal mouth. The rebound eventually was kicked free away and BC maintained possession.
With 14 minutes to play, senior Stephanie McCaffrey got the Eagles attack going forward as she found Andrea O'Brien on the right side going towards the goal. O'Brien dropped the ball back into the middle of the box where Bernard ripped a shot wide of the goal.
The door was left open for BU to take the lead as BC looked out of sorts. The Terriers struck in the 78th minute of play when Rachel Blauner broke down the left sideline. She sent a ball low into the box, which two Eagles defenders failed to clear. The loose ball was three yards out on the far post for Christina Wakefield to one-time into the near post for a 2-1 BU lead.
BC's two best chances in the final minutes came from McCaffrey and Dowd. Down had a shot from just beyond the 18 yard box but Conway was waiting and ready to smother the shot. McCaffrey's shot two minutes later went high towards the middle of the goal; Conway jumped up and tipped it over the crossbar to keep her team in the lead with less than 10 minutes left in the game.
Boston College held a 14-9 edge in shots taken and had eight corner kicks to just three for BU. Johnson made three saves for Boston College, while Conway and Parisi combined for five saves.
The Eagles will head to Florida to play two games in Jacksonville. BC will play Jacksonville on August 29, followed by UNF on August 30. The Eagles will return to Boston but remain on the road to play at Northeastern on September 3.