Boston College women’s soccer will likely be disappointed with the ending of Thursday’s night home match against the Friars.
With the Eagles a mere three minutes away from victory, Providence scored to send the game into extra time, where the two sides were ultimately locked in a stalemate. The draw snapped the Eagles’ season-opening winning streak at six games.
Despite Boston College’s dominance in shots taken (22 versus just 10 for Providence), the match was a relatively even affair. Both sides put six shots on target and won four corners with each keeper making five saves (a season-high for BC’s Allie Augur). BC also committed 10 fouls to Providence’s eight.
Providence had the better chances in the opening minutes of the first half. Senior center back Alessandra Araca played a splitting through ball to forward Amber Birchwell in the sixth minute. Birchwell took a shot to the far post that freshman keeper Augur saved, one of three saves she made in a brilliant first half.
In the 16thminute, Augur made her second save of the first half on another dangerous Providence chance. Jana Braun collected the ball at the top of the 18-yard box and ripped a low shot that Augur comfortably met.
The first big scoring opportunity for the Eagles came in the 19thminute after a free-kick. Gaby Carreiro took a shot from a tough angle that hit the crossbar before being cleared.
The Eagles would finish a challenging first half with no shots on target in comparison to the Friars’ three. However, despite the early struggles, the Eagles were the aggressors to start the second half, taking a 56thminute lead.
Sam Smith found Riley Lochhead open space on the left wing. Lochhead surveyed her options then played an excellent cross across the six-yard box to Gianna Mitchell, who headed the ball home for a 1-0 lead. The opener marked Mitchell’s third goal of the season and Lochhead’s fourth assist of the season, a new career high.
The Eagles continued to push for an insurance goal, but the Friars scored against the run of play in the 88thminute. A BC foul gave the Friars a free-kick in between the 18-yard box and right corner flag. Angie Suaza crossed a ball into a dangerous area that Hannah McNulty headed inside the near post, knotting the score at one goal apiece. It was her third goal of the season.
Overtime was a starkly different affair to the last 45 minutes of regulation, as both teams played defensively and conservatively. The game finished a 1-1 tie between the former Big East rivals.
Providence had won its two previous overtime games this season and now hold a 2-0-1 record in such contests. They sit at 3-2-1 overall and travel to Brown on Sunday, Sept. 15 for their next match.
Given BC’s dominance over the Friars in the past and their near-perfect start to the season, they will likely be disappointed to end their home stand with a draw. The Eagles’ season record is now 6-0-1 and their all-time series record against the Friars is a staggering 25-3-4.
The Eagles now have a two-game road trip ahead of them. Up next is Mississippi State on Sunday, Sept. 15 before ACC play opens against Florida State on Sept. 19.
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