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Women's Soccer Holds on for Draw With Wake Forest

The Boston College women’s soccer team battled its way to a 1-1 tie after two overtimes against Wake Forest on Thursday afternoon.

Both teams had losing records going into Thursday’s game, making it an even matchup. With this being the second-to-last game of BC’s spring slate, the team would have liked to add its fourth win of a tough season; however, that was not to be the case.

This was an evenly fought match between ACC rivals with each team finally scoring in the last five minutes of regulation. Two overtimes couldn’t create a winner, and the teams eventually called it a draw after 110 minutes of play. This marks BC’s first tie of the season, and Wake Forest’s second.

The Eagles had a couple close looks at the net in the first half, but just couldn’t make anything happen in enemy territory. Their closest look came from Rebecca Groseibl in the 31st minute off a long pass in front of the net. She launched the ball to the top left corner with Wake’s goalie diving in the opposite direction, but it hit two posts before bouncing out.

Emily Knous had another close look in the last seconds of the first half, but the Demon Deacons' goalie punched it over the crossbar to close the half.

Eagles' goaltender Allie Augur also had a huge save earlier in the half to keep the game scoreless. She got contact with the ball and tipped it away to prevent the Eagles from falling behind.

Wake Forest held the edge in both shots and shots on goal in the first half (8-5 and 3-2, respectively), but the Eagles defense, headed up by Augur, kept BC in the game.

The second half was much of the same, with both teams getting good looks. Jenna Bike crossed it over to the net, but it was again saved three minutes into the half.

Sophomore forward Sam Smith finally tallied the first point of the game in the 85th minute. This marked her fifth goal of the season. Smith also led the team with four shots and three shots on goal in the game. Jillian Jennings got the assist, knocking the ball loose as a Wake defender tried to move it up the field.

Wake Forest got an equalizer in minute 89 of regulation, just four minutes after BC’s goal. Olivia Stowell is credited with the goal, one-touching it under the crossbar after a corner. This goal ended Augur’s impressive shutout streak at 288 minutes.

Neither team was able to pull away in either of the two 10-minute overtimes. Both goalies made two stops for their respective teams to keep the game even at one apiece.

Wake Forest came away from the contest with 19 shots, compared to just nine for BC. However, BC was more accurate, recording six shots on goal compared to Wake’s five.

With this game, the Eagles move to 3-9-1 on their season with just one game left to play. They will look to end this year on a high note against NC State on April 17 at a neutral location in Cary, NC. 

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