Boston College Women’s soccer defeated Holy Cross 5-3 in a come-from-behind win Sunday afternoon in Newton, cemented by Laura Gouvin’s 87th-minute game-winner.
Gouvin’s goal came off of patient buildup in the box and high pressure from the Eagles. She collected a ball towards the top of the box, took her space, and volleyed a rocket into the lower-left corner to make it 4-3.
Holy Cross capitalized in the 58th minute to take a 3-1 lead, their largest of the game. Katie Quinn collected McIlvenna’s cross and put it into the back of the net, just over Willebrandt. The goal cemented the momentum change and seemed to suck the confidence out of Boston College.
Jenna Bike, captain of the team for a reason, set the tone for the comeback in the second half with a goal in the 71st minute. Bike stopped on a dime to beat her first defender, pulled the ball wide to beat her second, and volleyed a left-footed shot just inside the left-post to cut the deficit to one goal.
Sam Agresti tied the game at 3-3 in the 73rd minute and helped to restore the Eagles' confidence. She found herself in the right place at the right time to collect a cross from Ella Richards and coolly shot the ball past Holy Cross keeper Olivia Dubin.
Boston College opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a header from Sam Agresti. Mia Karras served a long cross into the box and Agresti finished it, sneaking the ball over the goal line on the inside post.
Holy Cross answered with a volley from Shelby Blumsack that dipped just under the crossbar to beat BC keeper Wiebke Willebrandt. It was the kind of goal one could only shrug at, which Blumsack did as her teammates congratulated her.
Holy Cross took the lead off a dinky goal from Olivia Ferrara in the 29th minute. Colleen McIlvenna crossed the ball into the box, where Ferrara collected it and popped it over Willebrandt to make the score 2-1.
Despite being down a goal to start the second half, the Eagles played with little urgency. BC elected to play perimeter soccer instead of attacking the goal. The composure in the final third fell away and allowed Holy Cross chances to attack in transition.
Linda Boama capped off the scoring for the Eagles in the 89th minute by beating Dubin to a loose ball and found the back of the net for her sixth goal of the season.
The win wrapped up the Eagle’s non-conference play on a high note, proving that the team has truly turned the page on last season. By regaining confidence and composure late in the second half, BC demonstrated their commitment to each other and their desire to win—important ingredients to carry into ACC play.
Women’s soccer (6-1-1) opens ACC play away at No.1 Florida State Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
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