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Eagles Tie Crimson as Willebrandt Sets Season-High in Saves

Women’s soccer tied Harvard 3-3 in extra time on Thursday in the driving rain at Harvard’s Jordan Field. Ella Richards scored her second brace in as many games and Wiebke Willebrandt recorded a season-high 11 saves to keep the score level.

BC took its only lead of the night in the 68th minute off a long-range shot from Jenna Bike. The ball took a deflection off a defender and then skipped off the goal post and into the back of the net to make the score 3-2. The goal was her second of the season.

Harvard answered five minutes later with a goal by Taylor Fasnacht to the far post. Fasnacht received the ball on the wing, beat her defender in three touches, and blasted the ball past a diving Willebrandt.

Ella Richards scored her first of the game in the 58th minute off a through pass from Michela Agresti. As the Harvard keeper charged Richards, she took a touch and deftly knocked it over the keeper.

Five minutes later Richards notched her eighth goal of the season and tied the score at 2-2. A ball bounced loose in the box off a Harvard defender and Richards cleaned it up with a left-footed shot across the goal.

Harvard opened the scoring in the 50th minute with a goal by Josephine Hasbo. Ainsley Ahmadian threaded a ball through to Hasbo who beat the backline before chipping a ball past a diving Willebrandt to make the score 1-0.

In the 63rd minute, Harvard’s Ava Lung cut the ball back on the goal line and passed to a charging Murphy Agnew who blasted the ball into the top right, just under the crossbar.

Willebrandt made two saves in the 88th minute to keep the score tied and send the game into overtime. On the final shot, a dipping ball fired from just outside the box, Willebrandt timed the punch perfectly, sending the ball harmlessly over the crossbar.

Neither team could score throughout both overtime periods. Willebrandt and Harvard’s goalkeeper Anna Karpenko traded highlight-reel saves in the first half. Karpenko stopped Richards point blank with a diving save.

Goalkeeping was the story for Boston College, with Willebrandt coming up big in several key situations and keeping the Eagles in the game until the offense could find a way to score.  

Éabha O’Mahony went down hard outside the box in the 69th minute. She did get up and walk off the field on her own power but did not return to the game. O’Mahony had just been named to the Republic of Ireland’s women’s national team roster for upcoming friendlies.

The Eagles (5-1-1) play Holy Cross on Sunday, September 12th at 1:00 pm on Newton to close out non-conference play.

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