The No. 17 Boston College field hockey team defeated No. 18 Wake Forest 2-0 on Saturday, extending its winning streak to three games.
Following a 1-3 start which included losses to talented Maryland and Northwestern teams, the Eagles seem to have gained their collective footing and now have an opportunity to gain an early lead in the ACC.
Just as their respective rankings might suggest, Saturday’s game between the Eagles and Demon Deacons was a relatively even affair. The Eagles were outshot 11-10, but a six-save shutout from goalkeeper Jonna Kennedy buoyed Boston College.
While both offenses struggled to find the back of the net early, the Eagles opened the scoring just before halftime, when Fusine Govaert found Brigid Wood off of a penalty corner. Wood received the pass and snuck it past Wake Forest goalkeeper Isla Bint for her first goal of the season.
The Eagles carried a 1-0 lead into the halftime break, a low total highlighting the defensive prowess that both teams had exhibited to that point.
The third quarter, however, saw the Demon Deacons’ offense come alive, with Wake Forest tallying seven of its eleven shot attempts in the penultimate period.
Despite the barrage of shots coming her way, Kennedy stood strong and kept the Demon Deacons off the board, enabling star freshman Margo Carlin to double the Eagles’ lead off an assist by fellow freshman Charlotte Von Huelsen.
The goal was Carlin’s seventh in as many games, tying her for second in the ACC. Ultimately, it was all the Eagles needed to seal a victory. The defense held firm in the final frame, suffocating Wake Forest and allowing just one shot attempt.
The win lifted the Eagles to 4-3 on the season, while the Demon Deacons fell to 1-5. Boston College will now look to keep its winning streak alive at home on Friday against the Louisville Cardinals.
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