The Boston College women’s soccer team fell to No. 25 Virginia Tech Hokies 2-1 on Thursday, extending a six-game winless streak that dates back to late September. The Eagles led late in the second half, but two consecutive set-piece goals by the Hokies’ Kelsey Irwin in the final 15 minutes sunk a reeling Boston College team.
The Hokies' attack outshined the Eagles in the first half, tallying nine shots compared to BC’s three. However, goalkeeper Maddie Murphy was relentless early on, making an impressive three saves in the opening minutes. She would finish the game with five total saves, though she was unable to save either of Irwin’s goals.
While Boston College struggled to generate offense in the first half, the attacking unit exploded in the second half, unloading seven shots and taking a 1-0 lead on Gaby Carreiro’s 70th minute goal. Carreiro settled a pass from Olivia Vaughn before firing a shot to the far post to give the Eagles a late lead.
With a potentially season-altering win in sight, the Eagles collapsed late. Irwin was given two free kick opportunities, both of which she converted from over 20 yards out.
The Hokies earned their first lead of the game with just under seven minutes remaining, and the Eagles managed just one more shot before the final whistle blew.
The defeat is surely demoralizing for an Eagles team which was 8-1-1 just a month ago but now finds itself sitting at 8-6-2 and 1-6-1 in the ACC. Winning their final two contests will be critical for the Eagles if they hope to salvage their season, but the road ahead is a difficult one. BC travels to Virginia to face the top-ranked Cavaliers on Sunday before closing its regular season at home against Clemson.
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