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Women’s Soccer Falls to No. 1 FSU

Boston College fell to top-ranked Florida State on Saturday afternoon in Tallahassee. The 4-1 loss for the Eagles was each team’s ACC season opener.

BC held their own against the nation’s top team throughout the first half. Neither team would score in the first half, with some excellent defensive work on both sides of the field. 

The Seminoles held an 11-2 advantage in shots during the first half of the game. Despite Florida State’s offensive barrage, six saves from goalie Wiebke Willebrandt kept BC in the game, at least according to the scoreboard. 

The Eagles were underwhelming on offense for the majority of the game. They tallied only five total shots, with two shots on goal. FSU goalie Mia Justus had an easy night, only making one save to help her team to the win.

Willebrandt, on the other end, was working overtime to keep BC in the game. By the final buzzer, she made a season-high 12 saves. 

The Eagles looked worn out in the second half. The Seminoles took the opportunity to pull themselves ahead. FSU opened up the scoring in the 49th minute with a shot that Willebrandt initially saved. Yet, she couldn’t get her hands on the rebound, and Emily Madril finished inside the left post. 

FSU added three more insurance goals in minutes 56, 73, and 83. The second goal came from a corner kick that was headed in by FSU’s Lauren Flynn across the box. Willebrandt dove for the shot, but couldn’t get there in time. The Seminoles’ third goal was carried down the field and passed to Yujie Zhao, who finished it again inside the left post. A high shot to the far post capped off the scoring for FSU with a fourth and final goal.

Just a minute after Florida State’s final goal, BC would finally get one of their own. Not getting back on the plane without a fight, sophomore forward Linda Boama sent a mid-height shot past Justus’ left side on a converted penalty kick. Boama led the Eagles with two shots, and Jenna Bike, Sam Smith, and Michela Agresti all added one apiece.

The Eagles knew their No. 1-ranked ACC foe would prove a tough matchup but will be good practice for what will be a challenging ACC schedule for the rest of their 2021 season.

With this loss, BC falls to 6-2-1 overall and 0-1-0 in conference play. Boston College will return to Newton for a Thursday night matchup against Wake Forest at 7 p.m.

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