Thursday night, McKenzie Meehan became the all-time leading scorer for women's soccer when she scored the Eagles’ third goal of the game to shut out Pitt (1-8-1) and help the team nab its first ACC win of the season. The Eagles dominated from start to finish, with goals in the 5th and 84th minutes bookending a 3-0 win.
The Panthers are historically winless versus Boston College, and it was clear within the first minutes of the game that the Eagles intended to keep it that way. Only 4 minutes and 37 seconds into the game, senior Hayley Dowd headed the ball into the goal off a free kick from freshman Samantha Hiatt. This early offensive dominance by the Eagles set the tone for the rest of the game.
The Eagles managed to remain polished in the face of an increasingly frustrated Pitt defense. Several wide shot attempts by the Panthers heightened their scrappiness, which led to several penalty kicks and turnovers in Boston College’s favor. While Pitt’s seven shots almost all came from fast breaks with little control over the ball, BC’s nineteen shots were mostly the result of careful communication and passing down the length of the field.
In the second, he Eagles quickly reestablished their dominance. Freshman standout Jenna Bike knocked one in off a quick cross from redshirt-junior Lauren Berman with 36 minutes left in the game. From there, it seemed that the game was going to be about the Eagles maintaining their lead, as they proved that the best defense truly is a good offense, keeping the Panthers on their half of the field for the majority of the half.
In the end, the Eagles weren’t satisfied with a two-goal lead. With just over six minutes left, redshirt-senior McKenzie Meehan headed a cross from sophomore Gaby Carreiro into the net, cementing the 3-0 win. The cheers that rose from the stands weren’t just for the goal itself, but in celebration of Meehan’s historic goal that put her name in the record books This accomplishment comes as no surprise given Meehan’s impressive record in the program — she leads the team in points, shots goals, and game-winning goals. This was Meehan’s 57th career score.
BC’s only loss this season came in its ACC opener last Saturday against Duke, but Thursday’s win over Pitt gives the the team an ACC record of 1-1-0 and strengthens its overall season record to 9-1-1. The Eagles will face Louisville (6-2-2) this Sunday, chasing their second ACC win.
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