The Boston College women’s soccer team suffered their first loss of the 2018 season at the hands of Wake Forest on Thursday night, falling by a score of 2-1 in overtime.
The No. 11 Eagles opened the scoring early in the first half on a goal from Kayla Jennings off of a corner kick. The goal was Jennings’ third of the season. Sophomore Sam Coffey, who leads the nation in assists and the Eagles with 20 points, notched her 10th assist of the year on Jennings’ goal.
Later in the first half, the Demon Deacons answered with a score of their own. Mariah Lee found herself behind the BC defense with only the Eagles’ goalkeeper to beat. She put the ball into the back of the net, tying the game at one in the 31st minute.
Neither team was able to get back on the board for the rest of regulation. Despite leading in most offensive categories, the Demon Deacons thwarted the Eagles’ offensive attack. As a team, BC bested Wake Forest in shots, shots on goal, and corner kicks. Junior Jenna Bike and Sam Coffey paced the team with four shots each.
In the end, however, Wake Forest ended up on top. After keeping the game tied through regulation, the Demon Deacons finally broke through the stalemate and ended the game in the 97th minute, with redshirt sophomore Estelle Laurier scoring the goal.
Despite the loss, BC goaltender Alexis Bryant continued her strong season, stopping a number of quality Wake Forest chances in the second half to keep the Eagles in the game. The redshirt senior has started all 11 games in net for the Eagles this season and has a goals against average of just 0.57 on the year.
BC now sits at 10-1, with a 2-1 record in the ACC. The Eagles came into the Wake Forest game on Thursday with an undefeated record, a spot at number 11 in the national rankings, and national attention. The team will look to regain their momentum as they head into the back half of their conference schedule. A number of important ACC games await them in the coming weeks, including matchups with No. 3 North Carolina and No. 15 Duke.
The Eagles will have to bring their first-half momentum to games on the road, as four of the team’s next six games will be played away from Chestnut Hill.
BC will head to South Carolina for another road contest with Clemson on Sunday afternoon. Their next home game is against Virginia Tech on Thursday, October 4 at 7 p.m.
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