The No. 9 Boston College field hockey team put up an aggressive contest against No. 8 Louisville on Friday night in Louisville, but unfortunately did not come out on top, losing 1-0.
Throughout the intense first half, the Eagles were unable to capitalize on four penalty corner chances, while holding the Cardinals to zero. BC had only two shots during the first half. Goalie Sarah Dwyer notched two saves in the first half, stopping both of Louisville’s two shots.
The second half did not bring much change to the score until the very final seconds of regulation when Bethany Russ of Louisville propelled a shot past Dwyer, collecting the win for the Cardinals. BC had a two-minute advantage earlier in the half due to a Louisville penalty, but still could not find the back of the cage.
Frederique Haverhals led the team with five shots and two shots on goal. Ymke Rose Gote and Elizabeth Dennehy followed, each tallying two shots and one shot on goal. Goalie Sarah Dwyer recorded seven saves—a season high for the junior.
On the season, BC is now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in ACC play. The team is third in the ACC in goals per game, averaging 2.67 goals, while holding opponents to an average of 1.67 goals per game. They are also ranked third in the ACC in shots with 91, trailing only top-ranked UNC-Chapel Hill and No. 2 Duke.
All three of the Eagles' losses this season have been by one goal, displaying their ability to keep games close and competitive. Their biggest win came against Quinnipiac back in August, as they dominated the Bobcats 7-0.
With twelve games left, including four conference games, it will be interesting to see how the aggressive nature of this team progresses. They compete against top-ranked ACC foes UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke in October, so the team has time to continue working on their game and finding a rhythm that could hopefully land them atop the ACC rankings come time for the championships.
The Eagles will take on crosstown rival Northeastern in Boston on Tuesday, September 18 at 6 p.m.
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