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UVA Holds off Late Comeback Effort From Women's Soccer

The Boston College women’s soccer team dropped its sixth game of the season to Virginia Thursday night. The No. 10 Cavaliers held off the Eagles 2-1 after a scoreless first half.

The Eagles picked up their first win of the season Sunday against Syracuse to ensure this season wouldn’t be a winless one. They were riding that high coming into this game, but it was clear their ranked opponent wouldn’t be easy to defeat. 

Virginia was coming off a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Florida State, a game fought hard until the very end. The Cavaliers are now 6-2-1, with the season quickly drawing to a close, after this win over BC.

It looked like BC could still be in the game after a scoreless first half. While Virginia outshot BC 5-1, neither team was getting many good looks at the net. 

Neither goaltender was getting much of a workout in either. Allie Augur saved the only shot on goal in the entire first half to keep the teams tied at nil. 

The scoring drought wasn’t broken until 20 minutes had passed in the second half. Rebecca Jarrett notched one for Virginia to take a one goal lead over BC. Jarrett snuck the ball between Augur and the right post off a pass from Alexa Spaanstra. 

The Cavaliers would strike again just four minutes after their first. This time, Augur dove to save a shot, but Claire Constant found the rebound and put it back with a high finish.

Despite these goals, Augur kept BC in the game with three saves in the second half. UVA goalkeeper Laurel Ivory finished with just one save in the entire game.

BC finally found the back of the net with seven minutes left to play while the pressure was on when being down 2-0. A Virginia player headed a corner kick from Laura Govin right to Emily Knous. Knous kicked a one-touch shot into the far left post to prevent BC from being shut out. 

BC was unable to score again in the last seven minutes to complete the comeback. Virginia took yet another game from BC, leaving the Eagles 1-6-0 on the season with just one game left to play. 

Emily Knous, Jenna Bike, and Jillian Jennings led the Eagles with three shots apiece. Knous and Sonia Walk, however, were the only two Eagles with a shot on goal. Augur finished with four saves for the Eagles.

This eight game ACC schedule has been merciless for BC this year, however, the team has a new coach and many young athletes. There will be plenty of room for development next season.

The Eagles will play their last game of the season at home against Virginia Tech Sunday afternoon. BC will look to end its season on a high note, while the Hokies are currently tied for eighth place in the ACC with Pittsburgh and will play this game to try and secure a postseason. 

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