WOMEN'S SOCCER: Top-Ranked UVA Proves To Be Too Much For Eagles
Potentially Game-Tying Free-Kick Misses Net
Published: Monday, September 23, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 23, 2013 01:09
With two minutes left in the game, captain Casey Morrison found herself in a peculiar position. Boston College was trailing 2-1 to No. 1 University of Virginia, and she was set to take a free kick within scoring range.
She struck it hard and true, but the effort sailed above the crossbar—with it went the hopes of an upset for the Eagles.
This finalized the score at 2-1, with the BC women’s soccer team taking the home loss at Newton Soccer Field on Thursday night.
This leaves the Eagles with a record of 4-4-0 (1-2-0 ACC), while the Cavaliers remain undefeated in all eight games.
The game kicked off to about 10 minutes of pure excitement. Each side was attacking heavily, and chances abounded for both UVA and BC.
Hayley Dowd had the first for BC, as she snagged a loose ball in Virgina’s half, cut through a couple defenders and ripped off a shot, which the goalie saved with little hassle.
BC mounted high pressure on the Cavaliers, physically testing Virginia in their half.
Nonetheless, the Cavalier possession game persisted, with U.S. women’s national team midfielder Morgan Brian being the best player.
Kate McCarthy had the duty of man-marking her, and Brian’s play became considerably quieter as time went by, and McCarthy doggedly defended her.
“I always feel we are in good hands when we put Kate McCarthy in a man-marking responsibility because she is a handful […] I have watched four tapes on Virginia, and [tonight] is the most quiet Morgan Brian has been in any of them,” said head coach Alison Foley.
This led to a lull in the game as well, as both teams struggled to formulate attacks until the end of the half.
The BC defense did a good job of putting bodies into any space within goal range, as UVA maintained much possession but little goal opportunity.
Virginia’s Gloria Douglas managed to break through the defense a couple of times late in the half, though.
Both of her efforts skidded off target, however, as a vicious volley was fired high above the goal and a later breakaway was fired wide.
These two salvos were returned by BC, with two great chances of their own.
First, Rachel Davitt found herself in some free space in the box, with a pass from Annie Steinlage, but fired it low to the goalie.
The UVA goalie, Morgan Stearns, made another great save on sophomore McKenzie Meehan, when she tried to tap in a splitting through-ball that brought Meehan one-on-one with Stearns.
This half was characterized by missed chances, but it changed as BC made sure to capitalize on their goal scoring opportunities early in the second half.
Stephanie McCaffrey scored around two minutes into the half, slotting it coolly in the lower right-hand corner, with only the keeper to beat.
The goal was assisted by a through-ball from Patrice Vettori, which was nearly intercepted by a UVA defender.
The Cavaliers clawed back though, with some great work from their own No. 9, Makenzy Doniak.
Doniak scored first on the right-hand corner of the box, where she managed to get on the receiving end of a cross. She swiveled and fired the ball across the goal, forcing it directly into the side netting.
Not too long after, Doniak, with a great deal of space on the right, shot high, which goalkeeper Jessica Mickelson deflected right into the head of Virginia forward Molly Menchel, who put the ball over the line.
Foley credited the clever transitional offense as the key to these two late goals from Virginia.
“In the counter, we got sucked over to the right side of the field. They sent an extra number out of the midfield on the left side, so it appeared like Lauren (Bernard) had two players and she got caught kind of inside of them,” she said.
Even so, Foley was proud of the way her team played, especially the persistent pressing on the defensive side of the ball by the Eagles.
“I thought our defensive pressure was more than they could handle. I couldn’t be any more proud of the effort and the type of soccer we played out there tonight,” Foley said