The Boston College women’s soccer team was pummeled by the still-unbeaten Virginia Cavaliers 6-1 this Sunday afternoon in Charlottesville, extending its losing streak to three games.
While BC has played competitively against most of the ACC’s heavyweights this season, the Eagles struggled mightily against the top team in the nation.
UVA outshot them 19-9 on the game and had nine shots on goal, compared to BC’s five. The Eagles had just one shot at the half. BC had a few decent opportunities, winning five corners to UVA’s four.
The lone bright spot for the Eagles was Gaby Carreiro’s second-half goal. It was the first goal scored from open play against UVA this season and the fourth total. It broke their seven-game, 775-minute shutout streak.
UVA got on the board in the 14th minute as BC failed to properly clear the ball off a save from Allie Augur.
The Cavaliers regained possession near the top right corner of the box through Zoe Morse, who whipped a cross into the six-yard box. Augur spilled the clearance, and Meghan McCool scored the easy tap-in.
Just before the half, UVA doubled its lead. After some beautiful build-up play, Alissa Gorzak found herself in space on the left wing. Gorzak cut by a defender before sliding a ball across the box to Ashlynn Serepca, who slotted the pass into the bottom right corner.
The Cavaliers put away a third goal in the 58th minute off of another BC mistake. Augur ran off her line but misplayed the clearance, giving Serepca an easy finish into an open net for her second goal on the night.
Only four minutes later, UVA scored its fourth goal of the night. McCool danced with the ball on the bottom right corner of the box then fired a shot that Augur slapped away. However, the ball found itself right in the path of Sydney Zandi, who tapped in the rebound.
The Eagles responded with their only goal of the afternoon in the 68th minute. Carreiro ripped a powerful curling strike from just outside the 18-yard box into the top right corner to snap UVA’s shutout streak.
Unfortunately, any hopes for a late miracle comeback were crushed as UVA responded with two more goals just two minutes apart.
In the 77th minute, Emma Dawson played a splitting through-ball through a disorganized BC defense to Courtney Petersen. Petersen took a touch then hit a low shot from a tight angle that “nutmegged” Augur, who will be disappointed to concede that way.
Dawson was rewarded with a goal of her own in the 79th minute. Alexa Spaanstra cut onto her right foot on the right side of the box and slid a ball in front of goal to Dawson, who finished comfortably inside the right post to make the score 6-1.
The Eagles will be disappointed with their performance on the road but can remain hopeful as they faced the top team in the nation.
With the loss, the Eagles drop to 8-7-2 and 1-7-1 in ACC play. No. 1 Virginia remains unbeaten with a record of 14-0-3 (6-0-3 in the ACC). The all-time record for BC in the series against UVA is now 8-9-2.
BC still has a chance to snap its losing streak and gain momentum heading into the ACC Tournament this Thursday. The Eagles play their final regular season game this Thursday at 7 p.m. against No. 15 Clemson in Newton.