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Women's Soccer Drops Season Opener Against Notre Dame

It was a rainy Thursday night in South Bend as the Boston College Women’s Soccer team lost to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The game, after 90 minutes, finished with a score of 2-0 as Notre Dame came out on top in the Eagle’s season opener.

This was not the start to the season that the Eagles had hoped, after going only 1-8-1 in ACC conference play last season. 

Allie Augur was a key player for BC, as the sophomore goaltender had a career-high eight saves, six of which were in the first half.  Augur kept this game just within reach for the Eagles, however, the offense was not able to come through on the other end of the field.

Notre Dame quickly gained offensive control over the ball, leveling a shot on goal within the first four minutes of play. Augur came up with the save, but Notre Dame was able to stay dominant on the ball.

BC was not able to convert on a corner kick in their favor, and the Irish came up with the ball once again. Notre Dame’s Sammi Fisher took the ball over to the right side and sent it past Augur into the far post. The goal came in the fourteenth minute and put the hosts up early, 1-0.

Augur saved the Eagles from going down by two points just over a minute later. Notre Dame’s shot was to the bottom center off a corner kick.

Augur would make three more big saves in three minutes before the Irish scored again. This goal came in the thirty-fifth minute to put ND up 2-0. Notre Dame’s Eva Hurm made a long cross pass to the left post where Kiki Van Zanten finished it off up high. 

The Eagles only took one shot on goal in the entire first half. Alison Heckman took the ball to the bottom right corner with three minutes remaining in the half, however, Irish goalie Mattie Interian notched her first save of the game.

BC looked more energized coming into the second half down 2-0. 

Jenna Bike, at least, was more energized. 

The graduate student captain shot twice toward the bottom left corner of the Irish net within the first fifteen minutes of the half. These two shots, combined with Heckman’s of the first half, totaled the only shots on goal the Eagles would have all game.

Augur also made two more saves in the first fifteen minutes of the second half to keep the Irish offense at bay. Despite these two saves and Bike’s two shots on goal, the Eagles were not able to finish off the comeback.

Neither team gave the opposing goalie any work in the last thirty minutes of the game. Notre Dame was able to hold on to their first-half lead for their second win of the season. 

Boston College fell to a 0-1 record in the first matchup of their eight-game ACC season. They will stay on the road to take on Louisville, Sunday, October 4 at Noon. 

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