Sports, Fall, Women's Soccer

BC Ties Virginia 1–1 for Third Straight Draw

Heading into Sunday’s game against Virginia, Boston College women’s soccer’s Aislin Streicek had scored twice this season. Both goals came against Sacred Heart on Sept. 10. 

But the junior transfer from Alabama changed that on Sunday, finding the back of the net once again when she faked out Cavaliers’ goalkeeper Cayla White in a Euro step–like fashion on the fastbreak to give BC a 1–0 lead four minutes into the second half. 

The Eagles, however, couldn’t hold onto the lead, as Virginia (7–3–6, 2–3–4 Atlantic Coast) scored at the 60-minute mark to tie BC (3–9–5, 0–6–3) 1–1 in Charlottesville, Va. It marked BC’s third straight tie and third straight game ending in a 1–1 score. The game also marked the Eagles’ second-to-last game of the regular season. 

BC totaled nine shots in the game while the Cavaliers registered 15. The Eagles, however, tallied only one corner kick compared to Virginia’s 11. 

Goalkeeper Wiebke Willebrandt locked down Virginia for most of the afternoon. The junior tallied four total saves to bring her season total to 72. 

Virginia’s Jill Flammia fired off the game’s first shot at the 1:51 mark, placing the ball at the bottom center of the goal, but Willebrandt stepped in front to notch her first save of the game and keep the match scoreless. 

Laura Gouvin almost responded with a goal of her own. After the Cavaliers’ defense blocked Emily Sapienza’s initial shot, Gouvin sprinted at the free ball to blast a shot in the bottom left corner. White laid out using her outstretched arms to record her first save of the game. 

The save marked one of two White saves on Sunday. 

Maggie Cagle was up next for Virginia. She sailed a curving shot to the right corner through traffic at the 15:43 mark, but Willebrandt lunged in midair to punch the ball out of bounds. 

BC had another sequence of good chances 12 minutes before halftime. Sapienza’s shot couldn’t find the mark, however, and White recorded a save off Riley Kerber’s shot. The score remained tied at zero heading into halftime. 

But the game didn’t remain tied for long, as Streicek found herself on a fastbreak sprinting toward the net as four Virginia defenders raced after her to no avail. Streicek meandered around White to send a firm shot to the right corner with her left foot to put BC ahead 1–0 at the 49:14 mark. 

Virginia’ Meredith McDermott, however, responded with a strike of her own that swept past Willebrant to tie the game at 1–1 in the 60th minute. 

Each squad traded chances for the remainder of the game but no one broke through. Virginia’s final corner kick provided one last opportunity, but Willebrandt flew into the pack to jump on the ball and seal the draw. 

October 22, 2023