Oct. 21, 2012
Newton, Mass. -
No. 24 Boston College women's soccer and Miami battle for 110 minutes but neither team could register a goal as it ended in a 0-0 overtime draw at Newton Soccer Field in front of 688 fans. The Eagles are now 4-4-1 in the ACC and 10-5-3 overall. Miami is 3-4-2 in the conference and 8-6-3 in the conference.
"We talk about controlling our own destiny. When we are playing at our best we feel we can beat any team,'' said BC head coach Alison Foley. "Early on we played No. 1 Stanford out there. We beat Florida State here which was No. 1. So think in terms of our ability to play and beat teams and get points off team ... we can play with any team. It's a tough league and anybody can beat anybody. You have to get your energy up for every match. That's where it's hard for every team in this league.''
The Eagles freshman McKenzie Meehan led the Eagles offense with four shots, while Kristen Mewis and Victoria DiMartino each had three shots in the game. Goalkeeper Alexa Gaul had three saves and recorded her third shutout of the season.
BC had an edge in shots taken, 14-10. BC also had five corner kicks to four for Miami.
Both teams had solid chances to put the ball in the back of the goal but both defenses were solid all day. Victoria DiMartino had a shot from 18 yards out that the Miami goalkeeper Emily Lillard (five saves) handled easily just nine minutes into the match.
In the second half, Victoria DiMartino had a shot off a great pass from Stephanie McCaffrey. DiMartino's shot was tipped over the cross bar. BC had another great chance on a free kick from 24 yards out in the 54th minute of play. The shot by Mewis was low and bounced of a Miami defender. Junior Kate McCarthy slid in an attempt to poke the ball by the Lillard but the shot rolled slowly into her hands.
Minutes later, Miami threatened as a ball sent from the defense bounced around in the box. With Gaul on the ground looking for the ball, Miami's Ava Ambrose shot was blocked by Gibby Wagner from four yards out and the game remained scoreless.
In the 86th minute, McCaffrey sent Mewis into the box with a great touch pass. The senior midfielder's shot just went wide of the near post.
Neither team could capitalize on any chances in two overtime stanzas. BC had two shots and Miami had two in the second overtime.
Boston College's next game is at Virginia on Thursday, October 25 ... Prior to the match, the women's soccer program honored the senior class - Kristen Mewis, Victoria DiMartino, Alicia Blose, Maddie Payne, Alexa Gaul and Morgan Hiler ... The class has compiled a record of 57-22-9. This group has also been to the tournament three straight seasons, has a 2009 ACC Regular Season Championship and a trip to the 2010 College Cup.