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Women's Soccer Defeats Illinois, 4-1

Sophomore Lauren Bernard has scored three goals in three NCAA games for the Eagles.

Sophomore Lauren Bernard has scored three goals in three NCAA games for the Eagles.

Nov. 24, 2013

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Lincoln, Neb.-  Senior Gibby Wagner, freshman Hayley Dowd, sophomore McKenzie Meehan, and classmate Lauren Bernard all recorded goals to lead Boston College to a 4-1 victory over Illinois on Sunday afternoon In the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament in Lincoln, Neb.

The Eagles got on the board first in the sixth minute of the match. Gibby Wagner was on the far post side and one-timed a rebound into the goal off a shot from Dowd for the 1-0 BC lead. Dowd was credited with the assist on the goal.

Dowd doubled the Eagles' lead in the 39th minute. The rookie forward dribbled into the box, ripped a shot into the left side of the net for the 2-0 lead.

Illinois immediately responded in the 40th minute when sophomore Amy Feher connected on a long pass into the box. She headed the ball between the pipes over BC goalkeeper Alex Johnson's head.

Just two minutes later, Meehan dribbled down the left side and scored on a deflection into the net to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead into the locker room.

The Eagles concluded the scoring when Bernard found the net in the 76th to triple the Eagles' lead. Steph McCaffrey assisted on the play.

Boston College returns to action Friday, Nov. 29 at 3 p.m. in Tallahassee, Fla., as they take on ACC foe Florida State.


The contest marked the first time that Illinois and Boston College have ever met...Boston College is now 3-0 against Big Ten teams this season...The Eagles defeated then No. 21 ranked Ohio State in Sept, 1-0...Since 1996, Boston College has played against Big Ten teams 10 times...The Eagles, including the victories over Ohio State and Nebraska this season, are now 6-4-1 vs. the conference...Meehan has three goals in three tournament games and five goals in the last five games played...This is Dowd's second multiple point game, her first was Sept. 1 in a win over Hofstra...Prior to the NCAA Tournament Wagner had one goal and two assists, she has two goals and one assist in the NCAAs alone...Bernard has registered a goal in all three Tournament games this season...The Eagles have scored 10 goals in three NCAA Tournament Games, the most goals in a tournament run...In 2010 BC played into the College Cup five games and scored 10 goals.

Boston College vs. Florida State

• FSU leads the overall series, 10-1-2.

• BC's lone victory came during the 2012 regular season when the Eagles defeated a then-No. 1 Florida State team, 3-2. Kristie Mewis scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes to play.

• There is a one goal differential in nine of the 13 games played between the two teams.

• In the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the two teams played to a 0-0 double overtime match with BC advancing on penalty kicks.

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