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BC freshman Hayley Dowd scored the first goal in BC's 4-1 win over No. 10 Nebraska today in Lincoln.

BC freshman Hayley Dowd scored the first goal in BC's 4-1 win over No. 10 Nebraska today in Lincoln.

Nov. 22, 2013

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Lincoln, Neb.- Sophomore McKenzie Meehan scored her 19th goal of the season while freshman Hayley Dowd, senior Gibby Wagner and sophomore Lauren Bernard all recorded goals to lead Boston College to a 4-1 victory over No. 10 Nebraska on Friday afternoon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“We talked about being patient with the ball. We thought we would have it a lot on our half and we didn’t want to go fast and furious forward we wanted to let our opportunities develop and look to get balls out wide. I think we did that and with that we converted on a lot of opportunities and a lot of chances showed up in front of the goal for us,” said head coach Alison Foley.

Dowd started the scoring off in the 25th minute with an unassisted goal into the far top left corner of the net.

Meehan doubled the Eagles' lead in the 73rd minute with a cross from the middle of the field that she buried into the lower right corner of the net. Lauren Bernard assisted on the goal. Meehan's goal broke the single-season goal scoring record, previously held by Mary Guarino '00, who scored 18 goals in 1999.

Wagner came through with her second goal of the season in the 82nd when she juked her defender and kicked it in the far side of the net.

Nebraska registered its only goal in the 84th when Mayme Conroy headed one between the pipes.

BC concluded the scoring in the 87th minute with an unassisted goal by Bernard.

The Eagles held a 30-12 advantage in shots, the most shots let up by Nebraska all season. BC had just three corner kicks while the home team, Nebraska had six.

Junior goalkeeper Alex Johnson earned her second career NCAA victory. She is now 9-4-0 on the season.

GAME NOTES:

The win marked the 21st NCAA Tournament win for BC women's soccer and the ninth time the Eagles have made it to the Sweet 16 ... The four goals put up by the Eagles also tied the BC record for the most goals scored in an NCAA Tournament matchup ... Meehan's 19th goal of the season was also her ACC leading ninth game-winning goal. She now has 10 career GWG, placing her tied with Victoria DiMartino '13, in fourth on the all-time program list ... Lauren Bernard notched a point in her eight game of the season. It was also her first multiple-point game (1g, 1a) ... Boston College will face Illinois on Sunday, Nov. 24  at 1 p.m. (2 p.m. eastern) in Lincoln, Neb., for a chance to advance to the quarterfinals. 

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