Aug. 31, 2012
Stanford, Calif. -
BC Stanford Box Score
Boston College sophomore Stephanie McCaffreyscored her third goal of the season as the No. 7 Eagles tied No. 4 Cardinal, 1-1, in overtime at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on the campus of Stanford University.
BC is now 3-0-1, while Stanford is now 2-1-1. This was the sixth game between the two teams with Stanford leading the series, 4-0-2. The two teams last met in the Sweet 16 round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament with the Cardinal earning the win.
The tie is the first blemish in Stanford's home record. The Eagles snapped a 50-game home win streak by Stanford at Laird Q Cagan Stadium. BC is the first team since UNC to hand Stanford a win or tie at home. UNC tied the Cardinal 1-1 on Sept. 12, 2008.
"The defense was steady and confident throughout the match,'' said BC head coach Alison Foley. "I felt the team responded well to the tactical adjustments we discussed at the half. Steph (McCaffrey) scored a great goal and we continued to create a lot of quality chances.''
McCaffrey, a native of Winchester, tied the game in the 56th minute when she ran onto a ball sent in the box by teammate Kristen Mewis. McCaffrey's shot went to the right of Stanford's goalkeeper Aly Gleason (four saves). It was McCaffrey's third goal of the season, as she notched two goals in the win over BU on Aug. 26. It was the fourth assist of the season for Mewis.
Stanford struck first in the 11th minute of play. The goal came when Natalie Griffen chipped a loose ball over BC goalkeeper Alexa Gaul. Just prior to the goal, Gaul was out of the goal and teammate Rachel Davittcleared a shot by the Cardinal.
BC's best chance came with three minutes to play on a set piece. Sophomore Casey Morrison'sshot from 25-yards out just sailed over the crossbar.
In the first half, both teams had six shots and one corner kick each.
The second half BC's offense came alive. The Eagles controlled the pace of the start of the second half. Eleven minutes into the half, McCaffrey struck on a beautiful through ball from Mewis.
BC's defenders - Rachel Davitt, Zoe Lombard, Casey Morrison and Lauren Bernard- silenced Stanford's high-powered offense in the second half. The opportunities by Stanford were far and few between due to the tight and disciplined defense by BC.
BC finished the game with 17 shots, while Stanford had 12. The Eagles goalkeeper Alex Gaul had five saves in her fourth start of the season for BC.
BC's next game is on Sunday, Sept. 2 at Pacific. It will be the first meeting between the two teams. BC will practice at Pacific on Saturday and fly out after the game on Sunday. Classes begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4 ... Kristen Mewis has now notched a point in all four games. She owns the record for most consecutive scoring streak at BC. As a sophomore, Mewis had a goal or assist in 14 consecutive games ... Freshman defender Lauren Bernard started her fourth game of the season ... Continue to follow the Eagles trip to California at www.bceagles.com or Twitter/bc_wsoc.