Sunday marked the first time BC women’s soccer faced Mississippi State. The Eagles walked away with the 2-0 road win after scoring two second-half goals.
BC entered the day coming off their first non-win of the season after they drew against Providence. The win brought them back to winning form as ACC play nears, and also gave the Eagles their first-ever win over a current SEC team.
BC played an extremely high-paced, aggressive game on both sides of the ball. They outshot Mississippi State 14 to 9 (6 to 5 on goal) on the afternoon and their intensity awarded them nine corners to Mississippi State’s six.
The pressing on defense was effective, but a bit sloppy at times. The Eagles committed eight fouls to just one—a new season low—for the Bulldogs.
Consistent with the past few games, BC struggled at times to create chances in the first half. The Bulldogs defense held strong, limiting BC to just four shots and two on target.
The Eagles best chance of the first half came in the 31st minute. Olivia Vaughn, a constant thorn in Mississippi State’s side throughout the day, broke free of a defender on the right side of the box, but her one-on-one chance was stopped by Andrea Tyrrell’s sliding challenge.
The action picked up in the opening minutes of the second half. The Bulldogs nearly scored off a well-worked counter-attack in the 50th minute, but Hailey Farrington-Bentil pulled her shot narrowly wide of the right post.
The Eagles nearly scored on the other end moments later, but the left post kept a shot from Gianna Mitchell out.
Olivia Vaughn finally got redemption for her earlier failed opportunity and put BC up 1-0 in the 67th minute. Midfielder Jillian Jennings played a ball into the box to Vaughn, who surprisingly found herself completely unmarked. Vaughn took the pass off the bounce and slotted the half-volley under the left arm of Katie Moore into the corner of the net.
It was Vaughn’s third goal of the season and 50th point of her BC career. The senior forward has 23 goals and five assists in her time at BC.
The Eagles got insurance off a 76th minute Emily Langenderfer goal. Francesca Venezia stepped past a defender to her left and fired a shot that looked destined for the top right corner. Freshman keeper Katie Moore made a stellar diving save but was helpless to stop Langenderfer from putting home the rebound.
Moore was the first freshman to start for Mississippi State since 2015 and impressed with four saves. The opposing freshman keeper, BC’s Allie Augur, continued her string of excellent performances with her second straight game of five saves and third shutout of the season.
BC will hope to continue their unbeaten streak into ACC play as they take on a tough Florida State team in the next stop on their road trip on Thursday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m.