In the first round of the women’s field hockey ACC Championships, #9 Boston College defeated #21 Wake Forest University 2-0 to advance to the ACC semifinal for just the second time since joining the ACC.
BC freshman Darcy Clement scored his first career goal to give the Eagles the lead late in the second quarter. The score remained 1-0 until junior Jamie Natale scored in the last second of the game.
The Eagles controlled the ball and the pace of the game throughout the entire contest. Despite the game being slightly competitive in the first quarter, the Eagles found their rhythm in the second quarter and never looked back.
BC goalie Sarah Dwyer did not face a single shot, marking her seventh career shutout. On the other side, BC’s offense tallied 10 shots.
In the first half, Boston College capitalized on its penalty corner opportunities. During one of the two penalty corners in the second quarter, BC’s Fusine Govaert fed Clement who ripped a shot into the bottom left corner to give BC a 1-0 lead.
Although the third quarter, and most of the fourth quarter, went scoreless, BC flexed its skilled passing and ball control while keeping the ball away from the Demon Deacons and tallying four shots on net.
Late in the fourth quarter, after Wake Forest pulled goalie Isla Bint, Margo Carlin assisted Natale, who was bursting away on a breakaway to net another goal just before the final horn sounded.
Jaimie Natale’s goal marks her 11th point of the season, which marks a new career-high for the junior forward.
Meanwhile, fellow junior Fusine Govaert tallied her 21st point of the season with her assist today (seventh of the season). Carlin’s assist gives her 40 total points and makes her the eighth Eagle to score 40 points in one season.
The Eagles face off against #4 University of Virginia on Newton Campus on Friday. BC already defeated UVA earlier in the season, and they will look to do it again in order to advance to the ACC Championship game.