WOMEN'S SOCCER: BC Shuts Out Pittsburgh In Conference Opener
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 22:09
Heading into its first conference game of the season at Pittsburgh last Thursday night, the Boston College women’s soccer team looked to get its ACC campaign off to a good start. The Eagles entered having won their previous two matches, and were looking to keep that momentum rolling. The Panthers started the night with a similar outlook, having won three of their last four, hoping to notch a win in their first ACC appearance after joining the conference in the offseason.
By game’s end the Eagles would net three goals and shut the Panthers out completely. Fans in attendance at Ambrose Urbanic Field would not have to wait long for the game’s first excitement, though it was probably not the kind of action they hoped to see.
In just the first minute of play, BC sophomore standout McKenzie Meehan scored her team-leading sixth goal. Junior Casey Morrison sent a high cross toward the net off of a set piece from 30 yards out and Meehan did the rest, using her head to redirect the ball into the back of the net.
The Eagles never looked back and proceeded to dominate the remainder of the match. Pitt would have just two shots to BC’s 15 by the time the final whistle blew. The goal is Meehan’s fifth in three games, and will count as her fourth game-winner this season. The forward from Rhode Island is certainly putting together a solid year thus far following the 2012 season that got her named to the All-ACC freshman squad.
BC extended its lead in the 21st minute when junior Stephanie McCaffrey received a pass from Morrison and rifled her shot past junior Pitt goalkeeper Nicole D’Agostino, who would allow all three goals and make just two saves in the game.
Senior BC goalkeeper Jessica Mickelson, meanwhile, would not be asked to make a save all night. Morrison’s two assists on the night are her first points of the 2013 season.
Freshman Hayley Dowd’s 59th minute goal, assisted by McCaffrey, all but insured victory for the Eagles. The goal is Dowd’s second of the year while the assist is McCaffrey’s sixth, good enough to make her the team leader.
BC is decidedly on a bit of a hot streak after knocking off ranked opponent Ohio State just last week, and taking down Hofstra in an 11-goal overtime thriller prior to that. BC currently finds itself in sixth place overall in the ACC.