In a Beantown showdown, women’s soccer (6-0-1) beat Harvard (2-3-0) Wednesday night at home. Boston College put on a clinic under the lights on Newton, beating the Crimson 3-0.
After a slim 2-1 edge against Harvard in 2015, the Eagles wasted no time this year taking control of the field. The tension between the two non-conference rivals manifested throughout the rematch Wednesday evening, with free kicks off penalties nearly every two minutes. Fortunately for the Eagles, the free kicks were generally to their advantage, assisting them in maintaining possession in the Crimson’s defensive end nearly all ninety minutes. Their dominance was highlighted by a final shot tally of 20 - 9.
The Eagles primarily capitalized off of through balls. Meehan, an all ACC preseason team selection, set the tone during a one on one opportunity at 28:26 in the first. A red-shirt senior with 51 career goals, Meehan’s goal brought her within six of becoming the program’s all-time leading scorer.
With 30:25 left in the first, Madison Kenny then extended the lead by two off yet another overhead long ball, this time from Olivia Vaughn. The first half ended with the Eagles holding the 2-0 lead, but with 20:30 remaining in the game Hayley Dowd placed a perfect cross into the box that Berman knocked over the goal line.
The Crimson failed to take advantage of their only two chances throughout the game. Both came off of breakaways in the second half, each stymied by slide tackles from the Eagles’ defense. The second time, Harvard was awarded a penalty kick but failed to capitalize; BC goal keeper Alexis Bryant deflected the shot off of the crossbar, solidifying the Eagles' win.
BC’s record vs. Harvard is now 10-4-2 all time. Most recently, the Eagles were ranked 13 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com poll. Their offense is currently ninth in the nation and second in the ACC.
This season, the Eagles have put much faith and trust in their freshman class; with 11 girls, the newcomers have the numbers to make a big impact this season. Four rookies have made the starting lineup in five out of the last seven games, including Jenna Bike, Samantha Hiatt, Jade Ruiters, and Kayla Jennings.
BC will look to continue its five-game win streak as the team heads downtown this weekend to face Northeastern (2-3-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Though they still have majority of their season left to play, their sights are not far off of making their nineteenth postseason program appearance in the NCAA tournament come November.
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