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Women's Soccer 2020 Season Recap

The Eagles wrapped up their shortened 2020 season on Sunday with a 3-0 home loss to Virginia Tech. They finish the fall with a 1-7 record. 

Head Coach Jason Lowe and the women’s soccer team must feel disappointed with how their season went. Despite a shortened and incredibly uncertain schedule due to COVID-19 with a highly competitive ACC slate, the Eagles will be left expecting a bit more from themselves. 

The Eagles had been trending upwards with records of 8-8-2, 10-9-1, and 14-5-1 over the past three seasons. This year, the Eagles’ lone win came on the road, giving them a split of an 0-4 home record and a 1-3 away record on the season.

Even though the lack of non-conference opponents dramatically hurt BC’s winning percentage, 2020 was the first year this century that BC finished with a winning percentage below .500—they ended the season with a .125 win percentage. 

BC began their season with an 0-5 stretch. They were relatively competitive in all five of those matches, including two positive and well-contested showings against powerhouses No. 5 Duke and No. 1 North Carolina in the same week. 

The Eagles finally notched their first and only win in their sixth game, against Syracuse, by a score of 3-1. They fell in their final two matches to No. 10 Virginia, in a close 2-1 contest, and Virginia Tech. 

BC managed to score just eight goals this season due to the consistent offensive struggle. They conceded 18 goals, but it should be considered a solid number with regards to the difficult ACC schedule. 

The season’s top offensive performers included forward Jenna Bike, sophomore midfielder Sam Smith, and junior forward Emily Knous. 

Bike finished as the Eagles’ top scorer with three goals on 23 shots for a finishing percentage of 13%. Knous was second on the Eagles’ scoring chart with two goals on 11 shots for an excellent finishing percentage of 18.2%. Smith had another impressive season and finished as the team’s top assister, with two assists in addition to one goal. 

Sophomore goalkeeper Allie Augur had another strong season in net. She saved 37 shots for a solid save percentage of 67.3%. 

Overall, the Eagles had a rough campaign that COVID-19 only made far more challenging. The lack of an easier non-conference slate to start the season prevented BC from developing their form to face their ACC opponents. 

They will look to bounce back next year from this disappointing season with a young squad and many returning key starters. 

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