Less than 10 minutes into their game Friday against Boston College Field Hockey, No 11. Louisville scored the first goal and never looked back. Louisville dominated all night, defeating the Eagles 4-1.
BC got off to a slow start, giving up two goals in the first half. Although BC had a few opportunities in the first, with 2 corner shots and a few fast breaks, the team never took advantage.
At halftime, BC honored the 1996 National Champion Field Hockey team recognizing each dedicated member.
Following the ceremony, the second half started with strong aggression from the Eagles, trying to take capitalize on a few fast break opportunities. At 43 minutes, BC had what looked to be a promising goal as a through ball to freshman Elizabeth Warner was saved in the nick of time by the Louisville goalie, junior Ayeisha McFerran.
BC outshot Louisville 13-9, marking the second game in a row where the Eagles have lost despite taking more shots than their opponent. Louisville’s McFerran had nine saves on the day, preventing BC from scoring until the 70th minute.
While the team played with heart, this loss leaves them with an 0-5 record in the ACC. Head coach Kelly Doton reflected on the fact, stating, “We are a better team than our 0-5 ACC record shows. It's disappointing. We didn't have the smart, aggressive mentality that we needed tonight. I thought Louisville started the game with a lot of energy and smart decision making, and it took us awhile to match their tempo.”
BC ended the night with more corner shots, getting four opportunities to Louisville’s two. However, the Eags couldn't capitalize until the end of regulation when junior Lucy Lytle scored off an assist from freshman Frederique Haverhals, marking Lytle’s fourth goal on the season.
Doton expressed disappointment in her team’s failure to execute on open opportunities. “We tried to make some adjustments and we had some goal-scoring opportunities, as well as some corners, but we didn't capitalize nearly enough on the attacking end.”
This game marks the first loss of a three game home stretch. On Sunday, BC takes on No. 13 Harvard at 1 pm.