Boston College’s field hockey team faced off against #6 University of Louisville on Friday, losing a very close game 3-2.
The Eagles went into the game with a three-game win streak and came out playing aggressively. Both BC and Louisville were very physical and pressuring on defense, causing many turnovers back-and-forth.
From the start, however, it was clear that Louisville was able to work the ball down the field and around the perimeter on offense better than BC. The Louisville girls threaded several perfectly placed lead-passes through BC defenders and helped Louisville maintain offensive possession and set up great shots, but they were not able to score first.
Despite Louisville’s skilled passing and ball handling, BC was able to intercept passes and capitalize on those situations. About halfway into the first quarter, one Eagle took a shot from about 15 yards out and just missed right, but luckily Jaime Natale was ready for the rebound and put the ball in the back of the net to give BC the lead.
As the game progressed and BC adjusted to Louisville’s fast-paced offense, the possession time evened out. In the second quarter, both teams had a few interceptions that led to breakaways but neither team could beat out the opposing team’s goalie.
Boston College’s defense was noticeably effective at clearing the ball out of their defensive zone, quickly sparking the offense. A prime example of this was in the third quarter when senior defender Kate Pianko saved a shot right in front of the net and cleared the ball before Louisville could capitalize on the rebound.
Unfortunately, in the second half, Louisville came out with a renewed energy that BC could not match.
The third quarter started out with both teams exchanging goals, giving BC a 2-1 lead. Margo Carlin scored off a rebounded shot by Natale to give the Eagles the lead and score her team-leading eighth goal of the season. However, Louisville’s offense was not done yet and netted two more goals before the third quarter ended.
The fourth quarter came and went scoreless, despite several close chances for both teams. Louisville’s three-goal third quarter helped them finish victorious as the final score was 3-2.
The key for Louisville in the second half was penalty corners. The Cardinals had one more penalty corner than BC, capitalizing on one to score. Louisville also outshot BC 10-8 in the contest.
The Eagles now look to get back on the right foot next Friday, Oct. 4, in an ACC matchup against the University of Virginia.