Oct. 30, 2011
Newton, MA -
The Boston College women's soccer team fell short of a comeback as the Eagles lost 3-2 to No. 7 Wake Forest in front of 333 fans in the ACC Quarterfinal match at the Newton Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.
Boston College is now 11-5-2 on the season and will have a week off before the NCAA seeding on Monday, November 7. Wake Forest is 13-3-3 and advances to the semifinal round of the ACC tournament to play Duke on Friday, November 4 at 5:30 p.m. The two teams just played on Thursday, October 27 in Newton as the Eagles earned a 2-0 victory.
The Eagles fell behind in the first half 2-0 on goals from Rachel Nuzzolese just six minutes into the match and Kim Marshall in the 22nd minute of the game.
BC had a number a great chances in the half.
Sophomore Gibby Wagner continued to give defenders fits as the midfielder had four shots and created a number of opportunities for her teammates. BC junior Kristen Mewis ripped a left-footed shot from 22 yards out that shook the goal as it hit the corner of the crossbar and post.
Two minutes later, Julia Bouchelle hit one off the post off a set piece from Mewis. Wagner followed it up with a one-timer from inside the box but Wake Forest goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe deflected it high over the goal.
With a 2-0 lead Wake Forest extended the lead when Riley Ridgik headed in a corner kick from Nuzzolese (one goal, two assists) in the 66th minute of the match.
The Eagles continued to push forward and got more quality chances.
Boston College got on the board in the 74th minute when Wagner converted on a penalty kick and cut the Decs lead to 3-1. Wagner received the penalty kick when a Wake Forest defender dropped her in the box to the left of the goalkeeper just inside the 18-yard box.
Mewis would cut the lead to one goal when she struck a corner kick with 30 seconds left to play in the match.
BC tried to punch the ball back into the box for a last chance but the Wake Forest defense cleared the ball to seal the win.
Boston College pelted Wake Forest with 23 shots, while the Demon Deacons had 11 shots. The Eagles outshot the Decs 14-6 in the second half. BC was led by Wagner with seven shots, three on goal, while Mewis and Bouchelle had five shots apiece.
BC had the edge in corner kicks, 11-4.
Wake Forest goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe had six saves in the match, while BC's Jillian Mastrioanni had four saves.