No. 6 Women's Soccer Falls To No. 1 UNC, 2-1
Oct. 1, 2009
Newton, MA -
The No. 6 Boston College women's soccer team fell to No. 1 North Carolina, 2-1, in a bizarre finish of an ACC matchup on Thursday night at the Newton Soccer Field in front of 1,800 soccer fans. The Eagles are now 9-2-0 and 1-2-0 in the ACC, while North Carolina improved to 10-0-1 and 3-0-0 in the conference.
North Carolina was awarded two penalty kicks in the final 15 minutes to earn the win. The Tar Heels tied the game in the 76th minute on the first PK, and went ahead on the second freebie in the 82nd minute of the match.
After a scoreless first half, Boston College took a 1-0 lead in the 55th minute of play. Senior Gina DiMartino was sent in on a through ball from Julia Bouchelle. DiMartino chipped the ball high towards the goal. UNC goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris (five saves) got her finger tips on the ball but could not stop it from going in for a 1-0 BC lead. It was DiMartino's sixth goal of the season.
In the 63rd minute of play, Bouchelle had a chance to give the Eagles a lead. Bouchelle headed a cross from Victoria DiMartino toward the goal but UNC's Harris came up with a diving save. Two minutes later, Gina DiMartino's shot from 23 yards out was handled easily by Harris.
After the offensive flurry from Boston College, UNC attempted to grab the momentum back. The first penalty kick was awarded when Whitney Eagan's corner kick was sent into the box. A BC defender attempted to knock the ball down with her shoulder and it rolled down her arm, resulting in a penalty kick call. Senior Casey Nogueira stepped up and sent her shot to the far right of the goal, out of reach for the Eagles goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni (six saves).
Minutes later, North Carolina had the ball to the left of Mastroianni, outside the box. North Carolina's Jessica McDonald sent a cross toward the goal and the ball inadvertently hit a BC defenders hand. The controversial call was made and Hawkins stepped up for the penalty kick. Hawkins sent a low ball to the right of a diving Mastroianni for a 2-1 UNC lead but the goal was called back due to a player stepping in the box. A second penalty kick was awarded and Hawkins picked the same corner but higher and stronger, pushing it by Mastroianni for a UNC one goal lead.
Boston College had six shots on goal, while UNC had eight. The Eagles did get beat on corner kicks as the Tar Heels held an 11-1 advantage.
The Eagles will host ACC foe NC State on Sunday, October 4 at 1 p.m.