WOMEN'S SOCCER: Meehan's Goal Helps Push BC Past Demon Deacons
Published: Sunday, September 29, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 29, 2013 22:09
With a swift first-half strike from McKenzie Meehan, the Boston College women’s soccer team may have turned its whirlwind season around. Blasting a shot past Wake Forest goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe in the 23rd minute of play, Meehan’s goal was the eventual game-winner in a 1-0 victory over the Deacons.
“I feel like we have played this well a lot this year and it was nice to dictate the much of the play on a Top 10 team and walk away with a win,” said BC head coach Alison Foley.
Coming off narrow defeats at the hands of Virginia Tech and Virginia, BC appeared ready to pull off an upset. The Eagles knew they would be challenged by No. 9 Wake Forest, but came ready to prove their doubters wrong. Unfazed by the series of results, BC didn’t adjust its game plan.
Right from the beginning, the Eagles controlled the flow of play, maintaining possession of the ball in the attacking zone for nearly the entire first half of play.
Wake managed only one shot on goal throughout the course of the game, while BC peppered the Wake goal with nine. Seemingly unable to make it out of their own end in the first half, the Deacons gave BC a series of glorious scoring opportunities. Leading the way with three shots, Stephanie McCaffrey tested Bledsoe. In addition, Patrice Vettori and Rachel Davitt had chances, but all attempts to add to the early lead were stymied.
Playing a cohesive, but simple brand of soccer, BC was able to pressure Wake into making mistakes. Almost completely circumvented at times, Wake Forest became visibly frustrated by the relentless team pursuit of the Eagles.
The Eagles were able to crack through with Meehan’s goal following a number of close chances.
Although she had a bit of a quiet game, BC goalkeeper Alex Johnson improved her record to 2-1 with a goals-againstaverage of less then 0.5.
Playing in front of a small crowd, the BC team made sure to take care of business on the pitch. BC now leads the all-time series against Wake Forest with a 6-4 record and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Demon Deacons.