The Boston College women’s soccer team saw its season-long losing streak come to a merciful end on Thursday with Jenna Bike, Laura Gouvin, and Emily Knous all finding the back of the net in a 3-1 win over Syracuse. While the win likely won’t do the Eagles any favors in the unforgiving ACC standings, it at least keeps them out of the cellar as the regular season draws to a close.
With the ACC only hosting the conference’s top eight teams for its championship tournament, the trip to Syracuse represented one of the team’s final chances to pick up a win, and some unexpected scoring contributions eventually lifted the Eagles to a 1-5 record.
Gouvin and Knous both registered their first career goals at Boston College, in the 41st and 67th minutes respectively. Syracuse—also winless heading into Thursday’s match—drew first blood with Meghan Root scoring off of an assist from Hannah Piley in the 10th minute.
The Eagles quickly responded though, with Jenna Bike converting on a penalty kick just 15 minutes later to even the score. Bike tallied a team-high seven shots, including five on goal, and her equalizer makes her the team's leading goal-scorer with three goals under her belt.
Boston College made life difficult for Orange goalkeeper Lysianne Proulx, who tallied an impressive 14 saves. The Eagles outshot the Orange twenty-six to nine, with 17 shots on goal compared to just four. Allie Augur needed just three saves to ensure a BC victory.
The Eagles are now set to return home for their final two games, and are essentially eliminated from postseason play. They do, however, have the chance to play spoiler to a Virginia team with little margin for error next Thursday at 6 p.m., and the season wraps up just a few days later against Virginia Tech.
The Hokies sit just three points above the Eagles in the ACC standings, so upward mobility may be possible if Boston College can ride this win to a strong finish. Ultimately, this season and victories like Thursday’s will likely serve as a learning opportunity for a young roster that has the chance to make some noise in the ACC when it fully develops.
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