After a scoreless first half, Boston College women’s soccer fell to the No. 22 Tigers 2-1 despite briefly holding the lead. The loss marked their fourth in a row to close the regular season.
In what was a silver-lining for BC, Olivia Vaughn scored her seventh goal of the season and 62nd point of her career, moving to 15th on BC’s all-time scoring list, passing Kia McNeil.
The Eagles put up a good effort but were clearly a step behind Clemson, who controlled most of the game. The Tigers outshot the Eagles 15-10 overall and 7-2 in shots on target. They also won the corner battle 5-1, while each side committed six fouls on the night.
The first half was rather even and slow-paced as each team got settled into the match. Clemson outshot BC 4-3 and registered the only shot on goal. Each team only won a single corner kick.
The Eagles had a good chance in the 20th minute as Gaby Carreiro beat a defender with some skillful footwork. Unfortunately, her shot attempt from 15 yards sailed wide of the far post.
BC’s best chance in the first half came in the 35th minute. Sam Smith played a perfect ball to Olivia Vaughn to set her through on goal. Clemson keeper Sandy Maciver was quick off her line to quell the opportunity.
A scare for the Eagles and the best chance of the first half came in the final seconds for Clemson. Kimber Haley ran down the right flank and ripped a shot from distance that struck the crossbar, temporarily keeping the game scoreless.
BC jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the half in the 52nd minute off a well-worked team goal. On the left edge of the 18-yard box, Sam Smith played a splitting pass between three defenders to Kayla Jennings. From the top of the box, Jennings played the ball back to the left wing to Vaughn who slotted the ball home.
The lead lasted only seven minutes as Clemson answered from a corner. The initial corner kick was cleared by BC but was played back into the box. Mia Karras made an excellent goal-line clearance seconds later to deny Hal Hershfelt, but the rebound fell right to Mackenzie Smith who blasted the ball under the bar to tie the game.
Clemson took the lead for good in the 71st minute from a Hershfelt goal. Kimber Haley handed the ball off to her with a short pass. Hershfelt wriggled into the box too easily before placing the ball into the lower right corner. It was the second straight game she scored the game-winning goal.
The Eagles had a late chance to equalize with 15 seconds remaining but the shot flashed wide of the right post.
BC now holds a narrow 8-6-2 lead all-time against Clemson. They end the regular season with an 8-8-2 record overall and 1-8-1 in the ACC.