Women's Soccer Falls to Penn State 5-2
Nov. 16, 2012
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Senior Kristen Mewis scored her 38th and 39th career goals to become BC's all-time leading goal scorer, but Boston College fell to top-seeded Penn State 5-2 on Friday night at Jeffrey Field in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles (11-8-3) trailed 2-0 at the half, and the Nittany Lions (19-3-1) added another goal in the 46th minute before Mewis, a three-time All-ACC selection, converted twice to pull BC within 3-2. Penn State found the net twice more in the second half - at 74:38 and 78:29 - for the final score.
"Certainly Penn State has a dangerous attack. They attack with six, and all six are capable of scoring goals," head coach Alison Foley said. "They serve balls well, and they get in the box, so certainly they are a team that is opportunistic."
Mewis converted on a penalty kick at 47:31 after a Penn State defender committed a foul in the box. Mewis sent the ball low and to the left, and although Penn State goalkeeper Erin McNulty got a piece of it the ball made its way past the goal line to put the Eagles on the board, making it 3-1.
The Eagles pulled to within a goal on Mewis's second goal of the game at 50:01. Senior Victoria DiMartino controlled the ball and fed it forward to Mewis to bring life back to the BC sideline bringing the score to 3-2. BC tested Penn State's backline again on a free kick at the 62nd minute as sophomore Casey Morrison sent a ball in that almost found the head of junior Zoe Lombard.
"I think it was amazing how the players responded. A lot of teams certainly at that point - down 3-0 - would have given up. The most important thing to me and the most important quality we have in our kids is an attitude to never give up, to have commitment," Foley said. "It was a true test of their character even when the odds were against them. At that point, I was really proud of how the team committed themselves and got themselves back in the game."
BC senior goalkeeper Alexa Gaul registered four saves while Penn State's McNulty made six saves on the night.
Penn State got on the board early with a goal from Big Ten Forward of the Year Maya Hayes at just 48 seconds into the match, marking the fastest goal in school history. Junior Taylor Schram slid the ball across the box to a waiting Hayes just outside the six-yard box, and Hayes tucked it in the back of the net.
The Eagles threatened at the 19:59 mark on a shot from junior Gibby Wagner that was blocked. Morrison sent a ball up to Mewis who flicked the ball on to freshman McKenzie Meehan. Meehan moved the ball from the center of the box to Wagner on the right side, but the shot was turned away.
The Nittany Lions struck again as Hayes netted her second goal of the night on a feed from Christine Nairn at 27:17. Nairn controlled the ball in the center of the pitch and knocked a through ball to the left side to a streaking Hayes who took a few touches then slid the ball into the right side of the net.
BC outshot Penn State 18-10 in the first half with the Eagles last shot going off the cross bar off the foot of Mewis. Mewis collected a corner kick that dribbled toward the top of the box turned and shot, but the woodwork denied the shot, and Meehan's follow was scooped up by McNulty. The Nittany Lions then carried a 2-0 lead into the half.
Penn State struck quickly again in the second half as Mallory Weber scored on a cross from Emily Hurd at 45:44 to make it 3-0.
Hayes remained dangerous for Penn State, but Gaul proved up to the task on two occasions. The Nittany Lion forward came flying in on a breakaway at the 65th minute, but Gaul slid in and covered up the ball. Hayes received another through ball at 69:03, but Gaul again came off her line and snared the shot.
The Nittany Lion offense continued to perform as Raquel Rodriguez worked a ball up to Nairn who moved into the penalty area and knocked the ball past Gaul at the 74:40 mark, and Weber got credited for a goal at the 78:29 mark on a defensive mix-up for the Eagles.