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Women's Soccer Blanked by Wake Forest 1-0

BC women’s soccer fell to Wake Forest 1-0 in a tightly contested game under the lights Thursday night at Newton. Demon Deacon Hulda Arnarsdottir scored the game’s only goal in the 29th minute.

Arnarsdottir’s goal was not without controversy. Eagles’ keeper Wiebke Willebrandt made a diving play to stop Wake Forest forward Shayla Smart from tapping the ball into the back of the net. Arnarsdottir slid onto the ball, poking it into the back of the net and hitting Willebrandt in the face. The Eagles argued for interference, but the goal stood.

Ella Richards attempted to immediately respond, using her footwork to create space at the top of the box before ripping a shot that Wake Forest keeper Kaitlyn Parks punched over the crossbar. The strike helped to reduce the momentum shift from the Wake Forest goal.

The referee continued to play a role in the game. Jenna Bike was trucked behind the play on a malicious tackle from Nikayla Small, but the referee allowed play to continue. Late in the second half, with the Eagles desperate for an equalizer, Ella Richards was pulled down outside the box and the referee let play continue, despite Boston College not having advantage.

Both sides traded chances throughout the game, responding instantly to swings in momentum. Captain Jenna Bike curled in a dangerous long-range shot in the 10th minute, forcing Wake Forest keeper Kaitlyn Parks to make a diving save.

Less than two minutes later, Wake Forest forward Jenna Menta curled the exact same shot at Willebrandt, who dove to stop it.

Wake Forest had two chances late in the game to score the dagger. With eight minutes remaining, a Wake Forest forward received the ball and beat Willebrandt, except the BC keeper dove back into the near post to clear the ball off the goalpost, sacrificing her body to save a goal.

Two minutes later, a Wake Forest forward chipped the ball over Willebrandt’s head for a seemingly certain goal but diving heroics from BC defender Haley Thomas kept the score at 1-0.

The Eagles would have chances of their own. In the 78th minute, Sam Agresti almost managed to flick home a Laura Gouvin corner but the ball went out of bounds. Three minutes later, Michaela Agresti almost got on the end of a Gouvin free-kick, finding herself in space but unable to collect the ball.

In the 70th minute, the referee issued a yellow card to the Wake Forest bench for arguing the placement of a Wake Forest free-kick deep in its own defensive end. Wake Forest would receive another yellow card in the 79th minute. Sonia Walk and Laura Gouvin were the recipients of Boston College’s two yellows.

The Eagles (6-3-1) face Miami at home on Newton campus Saturday at 7 p.m.

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