No. 12 Virginia narrowly defeated BC, 2-1, with a late score in the game on the Newton Soccer field.
Cavaliers’ midfielder Montana Sutton managed a low shot into the left corner of the goal in the 77th minute to score the game-winning goal for Virginia.
For the majority of the first half, Virginia kept strong control over the ball and was consistently maintaining possession. However, BC increased its offensive efforts to match the Cavaliers’ pressure.
About 20 minutes into the game, the shot count was 1-1, reflecting the matched efforts of both teams within the first half. Each team was getting off so few shots that, at the half, Virginia managed three shots on goal compared to BC’s single shot, with the scoreboard unscathed. Virginia was able to increase its shots by the end of the half from free kick opportunities.
BC heated up the second half of the game out of the gate offensively when BC struck first a mere five minutes into the second half. A long ball from Sam Coffey to forward Jenna Bike allowed Bike to break away from midfield and speed towards the goal. The sophomore registered a clean shot to the lower left corner from 11 yards out, giving BC the lead, 1-0, early in the second half.
Shortly after Bike’s score, Carly Leipzig managed a breakaway goal to give the Eags a 2-0 cushion; however, it was revoked thereafter on an offsides call.
“We had a lot to overcome this year—our all-time leading scorers graduate, our best freshman transfers to Stanford and two big-time starters, Jade and Gaby, blow out their knees. We have progressed so much to be to much better now than we were last year at this time,” said Head Coach Alison Foley, “These kids deserve a post-season! We earned that second goal and it wasn't offsides. UVA would have never come back from a 2-0 deficit.”
Virginia then turned up the pressure, scoring just three minutes later in the 58th minute. UVA’s Taryn Torres went low to the right corner to score, tying things up at 1-1.
With a tied score, both teams struggled against each other for a game-winning shot opportunity. Amidst this struggle, BC’s Jill Jennings and Lauren Berman received yellow cards on two separate occasions for aggressive play. Virginia’s Zoe Morse received a red card in the final half of the second period, leaving Virginia down a player.
But the disadvantage did not stop Virginia’s Montana Sutton from making the game-winning goal.
Virginia packed on the pressure with steady defense to maintain its lead. Both teams had matched control and possession of the ball and a fast paced, back-and-forth pattern emerged as the clock began ticking down. In the last few minutes, BC played strong and kept control of the ball but was unable to make the needed score.
Before the start of the game, BC seniors Allyson Swaby, Lauren Berman, Alexis Bryant, Madison Kenny, Holly Confalone, Hannah Winner and Meredith Thompson were honored as a part of Senior Day. Unfortunately, however, with today’s loss, a postseason run does not appear to be on the horizon.
BC will travel to Pittsburgh on Thursday for its final regular season game.