The Eagles won 2-0 in their first match against New Hampshire since September of 2000 on Sunday afternoon in Newton.
The result did not come easy. In what was at times a frustrating defensive battle for both sides, BC was held to just one shot on target to UNH’s two in a scoreless first half. It was only the second time this season BC was held scoreless over the first 45 minutes.
The Eagles came out aggressive in the opening minutes, but sloppiness combined with an organized UNH defensive quelled the attacks.
BC had a few chances to break the deadlock in the first half, the best of which came about halfway through the opening 45 minutes. Olivia Vaughn blew past a defender and fired a shot that UNH goalie Cat Sheppard was quick to save; Sheppard saved three out of five shots on target.
Freshman Allie Augur got the start in goal for the Eagles. She made two saves in the first half before the more experienced Maddie Murphy replaced her for the second half. Murphy kept the shutout, earning her second win in net on the season.
The Eagles came out with another aggressive start in the second half, taking the lead in minute 61. Jillian Jennings was fouled in a dangerous position and hit the right post on the ensuing free-kick. Sheppard was quick to deny Sam Agresti’s rebound attempt, but was helpless to stop senior Francesca Venezia as she slotted a shot inside the far post for her first career goal.
BC’s well-balanced, creative offensive now has eight different goal scorers on the season and four players with two or more goals. Agresti was credited with the assist—her second of the season.
UNH nearly responded just minutes later. Senior Megan Rumbold took a 64th minute free-kick that curled wide.
In the 77th minute, BC scored an insurance goal to extend their lead. As UNH pressed forward with intentions of tying the game, BC caught them out on a counter-attack. Mia Karras played freshman Sam Smith through on goal with a great pass. Sheppard sprang off her line, but was not quick enough as Smith slotted the ball past her to make the score 2-0 and give Karras her second assist of the season.
The second half offensive flurry by the Eagles closed out the last few minutes comfortably. BC outshot UNH 16 to five and five to two on target at the final whistle. Their aggressiveness and control of possession were more evident as BC took eleven corners to UNH’s two.
BC improved to 6-0-0 on the season with the win. That is the fifth such start since 1981 and the second since 2009. They now stand 12-7-3 all-time against UNH, who dropped to 3-3-0. The Eagles will look to retain their impressive form and unbeaten run Thursday, Sept. 12 at 5:30 p.m. against Providence in their final game of a three-game homestand.