No. 7 Women's Soccer Falls To No. 1 Stanford 3-1 In NCAA Elite Eight
Nov. 28, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - The Boston College women's soccer team had its amazing 2009 season come to an end in a 3-1 loss to Stanford on a cold Friday night in front of 2,200 fans at Laird Q.Cagan Stadium in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament
Boston College's season ends with a record of 18-4-2, while Stanford improves to 24-0 for the year and will move on to the College Cup Final Four in College Station, Texas.
The Eagles advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history since the expansion of 64 teams in the NCAA tournament. The 18 wins is the most in a single season in program history.
Boston College wasted no time opening the game's scoring in the first minute of play on a goal by Julia Bouchelle that was assisted by Victoria DiMartino. Bouchelle got a centering pass from DiMartino and fired a shot from 18 yards out that went off the right post, and into the goal for her fifth goal of the season.
This was the first time that Stanford had trailed in a game in over a month. The last time the Cardinal were losing in a game was on October 23, against Washington State.
Stanford's Kelley O'Hara responded with a goal of her own less than a minute later to tie the game at 1-1. She put the ball in the back of the net on a rebound attempt that came off a shot that deflected off the crossbar.
The game stayed tied for the next 23 minutes as both teams finally got settled defensively.
O'Hara, who is the leading goal scorer in the country, scored her second goal of the match to give Stanford a 2-1 lead in the 26th minute of the game. Her second goal came on a bending shot from 20 yards out that was just out of the reach of Boston College goalie Jillian Mastroianni.
Stanford held the edge in shots in the first half outshooting the Eagles 18-4, and the Cardinal also had a slim margin in corner kicks at 2-1.
Much of the second half was a back-and-forth affair as both teams' defenses really stepped up not allowing many quality scoring chances at all.
The game started to get very physical as the half wore on, and that drew two yellow cards in the 78th minute. One yellow was on Stanford's Christen Press, while Boston College's yellow was given to senior Kelly Henderson.
The Cardinal put the game out of reach in the 84th minute as Christen Press scored her 20th goal of the year to push the Stanford lead to 3-1. The Eagles tried desperately to get something going in the final few minutes but couldn't break through as the final horn sounded with Stanford pulling out the 3-1 win.
Boston College head coach Alison Kulik was pleased with her team's performance in the game. "We knew coming in here that we were going to be playing the No. 1 team in the country so we needed to bring our "A" game" said Kulik. "We gave it everything we had, and I liked our effort out there this evening."