The Boston College women’s soccer team beat Virginia Tech by a score of 3-0 in an ACC showdown on Thursday night at Newton Soccer Field. The Eagles won their second straight game, rising to an ACC record of 4-1-0 and an overall record of 12-1-0.
Sophomore Sam Coffey had an outstanding performance. The star forward notched her first career hat trick, scoring all three of the Eagles' goals.
Coffey had a dangerous breakaway early in the first half, but was just stopped by Virginia Tech’s defense. Shortly after, her first goal was assisted by Jillian Jennings with 34 minutes left in the first half. Coffey’s second goal was the product of a penalty kick with nine minutes left in the first half.
Coffey scored the final goal of the game off a 50-50 ball that she launched past Virginia Tech goalkeeper Mandy McGlynn. The shot went deep into the back of the net with 22 minutes left, securing the hat trick. Coffey has scored a career high 27 points so far this season.
BC played well defensively in the first half, matching Virginia Tech’s quick paced offense. Throughout the game, Virginia Tech had a tough time making it to the net. Goaltender Alexis Bryant made numerous great saves, including a tough catch resulting in a hard fall late in the first half.
Mijke Roelfsema was BC's standout defensive player on Thursday. Roelfsema was quick to the ball and stopped many Hokie offensive plays in their tracks. She was also one of three Eagles to play the full 90 minutes.
Offensively, BC was aggressive and quick to the net. They had a number of breakaways throughout both halves and finished the match with a third more shots than the Hokies.
Sam Coffey, Jenna Bike, and Gaby Carreiro all performed well offensively throughout the game. Midfielders Jillian Jennings and Kayla Jennings also played a nice game on both sides of the ball.
Virginia Tech looked more solid in the second half, only allowing one BC goal. The second half was back and forth between both sides with no team taking clear control of possession. However, BC was able to hang on to their lead and win their 12th game of the season.
This game secured BC as the lone second place team in the ACC standings. North Carolina currently resides at number one, sitting undefeated in the ACC, while Duke sits in the third spot.
Nevertheless, BC will get their fair shot to unseat each of the perennial conference powerhouses, UNC and Duke, later this month during a three game road trip before closing out conference play at home.
The Eagles will take on ACC foe NC State at Newton Soccer Field at 1 p.m. this coming Sunday. The team will honor the their senior players prior to the game where they are looking to clinch a third straight victory.
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