The Boston College women’s soccer team topped Northeastern in a low scoring game on Thursday night at the Newton Campus Lacross & Soccer Field. Gianna Mitchell scored the sole goal of the game to lift the Eagles 1-0 over the Huskies and give BC a perfect 5-0 record.
The Eagles are now 15-0-1 all-time against crosstown rival Northeastern with Thursday’s win. They also have maintained their undefeated streak, opening this season with five consecutive wins. In the latest United Soccer Coaches poll, BC received five votes, putting them on the radar to possibly land in the top-25 in the near future.
It was uncertain how BC would perform this season after losing their top scorer, Sam Coffey, to Penn State along with the resignation of longtime head coach Alison Foley. Jason Lowe was hired from Wake Forest for the head coaching position, while a mix of 11 newcomers and 15 returning players look to replace the scoring deficit.
Neither team got many shots in during the first half. Gaby Carreiro was a standout on offense for BC, as she attempted multiple attacks on the net in the first half. Carreiro set up BC’s best shot attempt of the first for Gianna Mitchell; however, it went just wide left of NU’s net. BC set up offensive plays but were unable to follow through to score.
The Eagles’ defense kept them in the game during the first half, as shots on goal were minimal, quickly taking the ball back up to midfield and out of dangerous territory.
Freshman goalie Allie Augur played the entire 90 minutes and had multiple notable saves. She was able to separate the ball from in front of a crowded box, keeping Northeastern from many close calls.
Gianna Mitchell was finally able to find the back of the net three minutes into the second half, giving the Eagles the first and only goal of the game. Assisted by Riley Lochhead, Mitchell took advantage of an open slot in the net before the NU goalie could regain her surroundings after a cluster. Mitchell easily headed in Lochhead’s pass to give BC the advantage and the eventual game-winner.
The Huskies’ forwards tried to get more aggressive to even the score but were unable to finish. They were able to regain some momentum when a few of their shots went just wide, but didn’t have a single shot on goal the entire contest.
BC had a few lucky penalty calls in the last few minutes of the second half which assisted in keeping their advantage. Mitchell attempted another header in the 86 minute, but it was grabbed out of the air by the Northeastern goalie. With a one-goal lead under their belt, BC looked comfortable to be a little less assertive on offense.
The teams traded a couple of close bids in the last minutes of the game, but BC couldn’t make their lead stronger, nor could NU tie the game.
In the end, Mitchell’s quick second-half goal was enough to bring the Eagles to the win, 1-0, and to sustain their perfect record.
Next up, the Eagles will take on the University of New Hampshire at home on Sunday, September 8 at 2 p.m.