Boston College women’s soccer took on the No. 22 Louisville Cardinals on Newton Saturday afternoon, coming up short 2-1. Louisville dominated the first half, and the Eagles were unable to overcome the early deficit.
The Cardinals took control of the contest early in the first half. Only 14 minutes in, Emina Ekic scored with a chip shot over the goalkeeper’s head. This was the midfielder’s fifth goal of the season in only ten games played.
Ekic was not done scoring points for her team. Less than 20 minutes later, Ekic would be credited with an assist, after setting up Delaney Snyder. Snyder intercepted a BC pass, and then passed it out to Ekic on the fast break, who then passed it back to her just outside of the box. Snyder then fired the ball up into the top-left corner, far out of the reach of goalkeeper Allie Augur.
While allowing two goals in a half are often blamed on the goalie, the real onus of BC’s early deficit was on the defense. Augur played aggressively throughout, and even though she did not have many saves officially listed on the stat sheet, her pressure on offensive players with the ball and her positioning prevented numerous shot attempts.
The BC defense, on the other hand, had trouble controlling Louisville’s offense. Louisville seemed to be able to take the ball anywhere they pleased on the field, penetrating the defense with negligible resistance.
In the second half, BC began to step up their defensive energy. They were able to prevent Louisville from attempting any quality shots and did a significantly better job positioning themselves in a manner that prevented Louisville from passing the ball into the box, effectively shutting them out in the second half.
BC’s second-half offense, however, remained stagnant for the better part of the period. Despite an abundance of opportunities, the strikers struggled with their field vision and finding the right passing lanes throughout, rendering them unable to get quality shot attempts.
It wasn’t until the game was effectively over that the Eagles were able to get their first score of the game in the 89th minute when Gaby Carreiro received a penalty shot. Carreiro launched the ball into the back of the net, just past the outstretched arms of the diving goalkeeper, to cut the deficit to 2-1 Louisville.
This was Carreiro’s second consecutive game scoring a goal off a penalty shot for the Eagles, but unfortunately, this time it was too little, too late.
The Cardinals would hold onto their goal lead for the remainder of extra time to pick up their ninth win of the season. This loss brings BC down to a respectable 8-2-1.
The Eagles will now have nearly a week to rest and recover before their next game, where they will look to bounce back against the NC State Wolfpack in Raleigh on Saturday at 7 p.m.