WOMEN'S SOCCER: BC Forces Tie On The Road With Miami
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 09:10
Coming off a 7-0 thrashing of Central Connecticut, the Boston College women’s soccer team traveled to Coral Gables, Fla. for a Sunday showdown with the Miami Hurricanes. The Eagles, led by leading scorers McKenzie Meehan and Stephanie McCaffrey, looked to continue their winning ways on the road, boasting a 4-2-0 away record coming into the game. Despite playing a majority of the second half with only 10 players, BC was able to scratch out a 3-3 tie in a difficult match with the Hurricanes.
Following quick offensive strikes from each team in the beginning minutes, the Eagles got on the board in the 23rd minute when Miami goalkeeper Emily Lillard failed to clear a dangerous pass attempt from BC, allowing McCaffrey to shoot past the covering defender to give her team the lead. The unassisted goal was McCaffrey’s 11th of the season.
It took Miami less than 10 minutes to respond, though, as the Hurricanes netted an equalizing tally in the 32nd minute. Miami forward Ashley Flinn easily converted a one-on-one opportunity thanks to a through ball from Jasmine Paterson.
BC had its chances in the minutes that followed, but Lillard kept the Eagles from taking back the lead. Her saves on two shots from McCaffrey, who looked very dangerous in the offensive end early, allowed the Hurricanes to keep their share of the lead. Late pressure from the Eagles’ attack left Miami reeling, setting off a clear momentum shift in favor of the Eagles.
In the 40th minute, McCaffrey beat a Miami defender before taking a shot that found its way past Lillard. Her second goal of the game and fifth in the past two games gave the Eagles an advantage as the first half wound down. A Miami yellow card and BC missed free kick brought on the end of the half with the Eagles leading 2-1.
Despite good opportunities for each team, no goals were scored in the early minutes of the second half. In the 59th minute, however, Miami was given a free kick from a tough angle near the sideline. Senior defender Tara Schwitter lined up to take the kick and unleashed a shot that just barely found its way past Johnson’s hand, evening the score at two.
With that goal the Hurricanes took control of momentum and wouldn’t let go, as just two minutes later Paterson scored her fourth goal of the year on a pass from junior midfielder Erin McGovern.
A scary moment for Miami occurred in the 68th minute when Flinn advanced on a breakaway chance, but was taken down hard by BC’s Johnson at the top of the box. Flinn stayed down as trainers rushed out to evaluate her and Johnson would receive a red card on the play, leaving the Eagles to play with just 10.
In the 80th minute an Eagle was taken down in the box, giving a shorthanded BC squad a late chance to tie the match. Senior midfielder Gibby Wagner netted the penalty kick for her first goal of the year to even the score. The game remained scoreless as time expired, and BC was headed to its second overtime match of the season.
McCaffrey nearly gave the Eagles a victory in the first half of overtime, but her fifth shot of the game hit off the post. In the end, neither team could convert on their overtime chances, finishing the match locked in a 3-3 draw. It was the first draw of the season for both squads.