A Week in Review: Men's Soccer, Women's Field Hockey Pick Up Big Wins

Let’s be honest, this weekend’s BC football game was, well, tough to watch.  I guess it was a good thing that local TV didn’t have the game. Luckily, BC has a host of other sports to ease the pain inflicted by the USC Trojans, so let’s take a whip around campus and check out how our other Eagles are faring.

The men’s soccer team needed some late-game heroics in Pittsburgh this weekend to overcome a 1-0 deficit.  The Panthers slotted one early to keep the pressure on the Eagles, but a surge of momentum led to an 80th-minute goal by sophomore Atobra Ampadu.

The finishing blow was then left to junior Giuliano Frano's first career goal -- a score that capped off a big comeback win for the 2-2-1 Eagles. This Saturday they will host #4 Notre Dame, a match-up that fills the void left by a weekend without football on the Heights.

Women’s soccer followed suit of the men's team, bringing home a big win at Pitt. However, they did so in a more convincing fashion, winning 3-0.

Goals from McKenzie Meehan, Stephanie McCaffrey and Hayley Dowd gave the Lady Eagles a perfect start to  ACC play. The victory was short-lived, though, as they fell Sunday night to a formidable opponent in the Clemson Tigers. Nonetheless, BC soccer always competes and can be exciting to even the casual soccer fan (shout out to the Newtonians: watch out for these games, bring your chants and scarves and be prepared for a lot of fun).

The women's field hockey team was also in action over the weekend against the No. 19-ranked BU terriers.  The Eagles, ranked 17th in the country, handled the test with a 1-0 win over their cross-town rivals.  The lone goal came from junior Emma Plasteras, who leads the team in scoring.

The women will have a true test in their next match this Friday as they play host to the No. 6-ranked Syracuse Orange.  The team had a strong start in regional play, going 5-1 and earning Coach Ainslee Lamb her 100th career win at BC in the process.

Though I admit I don’t know much about field hockey, it seems I'm going to have to learn to follow this team. They appear to be coming off a great opening to the season, and will likely need all the SuperFan support they can get while heading into ACC play.

Enjoying some solid play of their own, the women’s volleyball team kept to their winning ways this weekend, going undefeated in a tournament for the second time this season. They finished out the Columbia Tournament Saturday night with a win over Binghamton in straight sets to bring them to an 8-2 record on the season. The team has been spiking the competition as of late and will look to dig up some more wins when they enter the New England Challenge next weekend. Yes, those were volleyball puns.

All in all, BC sports are faring much better than this weekend’s football showing might have you believe. Watch out for those non-headline-grabbing sports that are working hard and showing results on the field. There is usually one of these games every night. So long as you know where to look, don’t hesitate to watch these athletes compete and succeed in their respective games.

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