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Women's Soccer Goes Undefeated to Start the Season

Behind the dominant offensive play of senior captain McKenzie Meehan and the stifling defense of the women’s soccer team, Boston College has compiled an 8-0-1 record to start its season.

Though BC does not open its ACC schedule until Saturday, against Duke, the team has beaten schools such as Providence, Boston University, and Harvard. Its only draw came against Arizona State in the second game of the season, the only blemish on its otherwise perfect record.

BC’s success has come from both sides of the field: the team scores just under three goals per game, while only allowing less than 0.5 goals per game. Similarly, BC is averaging 23 shots per match, while its opponents have been limited to 7.8 shots a game.

The Eagles started their fall schedule at Providence and despite a shaky first half came out strong to finish the game, beating the Friars 4-1. Freshmen Kayla Jennings and Jenna Bike shined in their collegiate debut, scoring three of the team’s four goals. Jennings scored two of the team’s goals and Bike notched a point off an assist from sophomore Gaby Carreiro.

BC faced a more challenging opponent in its second match against Arizona State, going into overtime with both teams failing to score. The 1-1 tie would be the only flaw in their record thus far. Though the Eagles had 11 shots on goal, they were only able to convert once. In a beautiful sequence, Meehan pushed the ball up the sideline to Carreiro, who crossed the ball into the box, where junior Lauren Berman rocketed the ball into the far corner for the goal.

Since their tie against Arizona State, the Eagles have won six straight.

Thus far, Meehan has been leading the team with a staggering 1.88 points per game average. BC dominates the ACC offensive categories, with Meehan ranked first in goals scored (7), Bike first in assists (5), Berman second in assists (4), Meehan first in shot attempts (44), and Dowd second in shot attempts (38).

Meehan has also been named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week for her strong game against Northeastern, where she headed in the game winning goal in the second overtime period.

Defensively, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Alexis Bryant has anchored a cohesive and formidable BC defense. Bryant has only allowed 0.43 goals per game, which currently ranks fourth in the ACC. Bryant also ranks fifth in the ACC in shutouts, with three on the season. The BC defense has only allowed 25 shots on goal this season, which can be attributed to the strong defensive play of junior Allyson Swaby, freshman Samantha Hiatt, and junior Madison Kenny.

BC defeated LIU-Brooklyn 2-0 on Wednesday. The Eagles will travel to Durham for an ACC opener against Duke on Saturday in an attempt to remain undefeated.

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