Buoyed by Fusine Govaert’s overtime goal, the No. 9 Boston College field hockey team beat No. 4 Virginia 1-0 on Friday, advancing the Eagles to the ACC Championship game for the first time in program history.
While both teams had their fair share of opportunities, stellar play in net by Sarah Dwyer proved to be enough to help the Eagles advance, as the senior goalie turned away all seven shots on goal that she encountered.
Although the Eagles only had two shots on goal over the course of the game, their defensive excellence kept them within striking distance of the fourth-ranked Cavaliers, enabling Boston College to keep the game at a scoreless tie until the end of regulation.
Govaert sealed the upset victory with her second game-winning goal in the last three games, carrying the ball towards the net before overpowering Virginia goalie Lauren Hausheer with a high shot to send the Eagles to the conference championship game.
Boston College hopes to carry this momentum into Sunday’s ACC Championship game at home against the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels. The Eagles will have the opportunity to avenge one of their six losses on Sunday, as the Tar Heels defeated them 3-2 just two weeks ago.
While the Tar Heels won the most recent matchup between the two teams in Chapel Hill, the home-field advantage may be enough to boost the Eagles to their first conference title and a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.
The Eagles will face off against the Tar Heels in Newton at 11 a.m. on Sunday. The game will be televised nationally on the ACC Network.
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