No. 14 Women's Soccer Cruised to 4-0 Victory over NC State
Oct. 21, 2007
CHESTNUT HILL, MA -
Freshman Brooke Kowlton broke open a 0-0 tie with two goals in the second half to lead the No. 14 Boston College women's soccer team past North Carolina State, 4-0, at the Newton Soccer Field. Boston College improved to 2-3-2 in the ACC and 9-3-3 overall, while NC State is now 5-7-3 overall and 0-6-1 in the conference.
Knowlton, who leads the Eagles in scoring with five goals for 10 points, gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead at 50:56 in the game when she picked up a loose ball and took on an NC State defender. One-on-one Knowlton pushed the ball to her right foot and took a shot from right outside the box and place it to the left of a diving NC State goalkeeper Rachel Barnette (five saves).
Just nine minutes later, Knowlton took a throw-in from Brianna Wilson-Byrne and turned the ball to the middle of the field. With a NC State defender on her left, Knowlton freed up her right foot again and struck it from outside the box and to the left of a diving NC State goalkeeper.
The two goals by Knowlton seemed to spark the Eagles offense as they continued to pressure the NC State defenders. In the 68th minute of play, NC State attempted to clear the ball when Wilson-Byrne settled the ball and sent it cross field to an on-coming Hannah Cerrone. The freshman defender calmly picked up the ball, waited on the goalkeeper to move and placed it in the back of the goal for a 3-0 BC lead. It was Cerrone's first goal of the season.
Boston College senior Kia McNeill closed out the scoring in the 71st minute. McNeill notched her first goal of the season when she rushed up field and took a shot from about 25-yards out and into the far corner for a 4-0 lead.
The Eagles offense was led by Knowlton with seven shots, while Chelsea Regan and Wilson-Byrne had two each. The Eagles had 20 shots in the match, while NC State was held to six. Boston College also had eight corner kicks to the Wolfpack's one.
BC's junior goalkeeper Sarah Buonomo had three saves, two in the first half. She is now 9-3-3 on the season and picked up her eight shutout of the season.
The next match for Boston College will be on Sunday, October 28 as the Eagles will host No. 4 Virginia (10-1-4, 4-0-3 ACC) at 1 p.m. Prior to the match; Boston College will hold a Senior Day ceremony.