Women's Soccer Tournament Run Ends vs. No. 1 Stanford, 2-0
Nov. 20, 2011
Stanford, CA - The Boston College women's soccer team suffered a 2-0 loss to No. 1 Stanford on Sunday afternoon at Cagan Stadium in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament.
It is the third consecutive season BC has been bounced from the tournament by Stanford. Last season the two teams met in the College Cup and the Eagles fell 2-0. In 2009 the Eagles lost to the Cardinal 3-1 in the Elite Eight.
The Eagles and Cardinal played an even first half. Both teams had solid chances with Stanford having a 5-2 edge in shots.
BC's best chance came off a half volley from Kristen Mewis from 22 yards out. The shot went to the far post and Stanford goalkeeper Emily Oliver made a nice play on the tough shot.
In the second half Boston College's defense stayed strong as Alaina Beyar, Alyssa Pember, Zoe Lombard and Casey Morrison continued to make strong plays on the Cardinal attackers. The Eagles kept the leading Cardinal scorer Lindsay Taylor under wraps.
It would be Stanford's Camille Levin who would break the 0-0 match. In the 63rd minute, Teresa Noyola set up Levin from 22-yards out and she ripped a shot to the far post in the upper corner for a 1-0 Cardinal lead.
Stanford's second goal came off a direct kick from Taylor after she was dropped outside the box. Taylor ripped a ball to the near post that slid by BC goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni and into the back of the goal in the 70th minute.
BC did not give up as the team pushed forward hoping to cut into the lead. Julia Bouchelle had a chance from 22 yards out which Oliver bobbled but controlled in the 70th minute. The Eagles had two consecutive corner kicks that Stanford cleared from a crowded box.
Stanford finished the game with 10 shots on goal, while BC had five. Olsen made five saves, while Mastroianni had eight.