Aug. 24, 2014
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BOSTON – Thanks to a pair of second-half strikes, including freshman Christina Wakefield’s first collegiate goal, the Boston University women’s soccer team erased a 1-0 halftime deficit and defeated No. 19 Boston College, 2-1, on Sunday night at Nickerson Field.
BU improved to 2-0 with its second come-from-behind victory of the weekend while BC dropped to 1-1. Junior Jenna Fisher, who scored the winner on Friday night against La Salle, tied the game in the 54th minute before Wakefield provided the winner in the 79th minute. Freshman Erin Neville earned her first collegiate assist on Fisher’s goal while junior Rachel Blauner’s low ball across goal set up Wakefield’s marker. Sophomore Erica Kosienski, who found a racing Blauner with a great ball from midfield, also picked up an assist on the winner.
Sophomore goalkeeper Bridget Conway relieved senior Alyssa Parisi (two saves) at halftime and made four saves to earn her first collegiate win in just her second career appearance. Conway’s best stop came with just under 10 minutes to play when she tipped a pacey shot from the Eagles’ Stephanie McCaffrey over the bar to keep the Terriers on top.
BC grabbed the early advantage off its first corner kick of the contest. Lauren Bernard took it and her ball deflected off Parisi’s hands and into the back of the net. BU responded well after the goal, however, and finished with three shots, two of which were on target.
The Terriers only needed eight minutes to even the score in the second half. Neville got the ball at midfield and sent a ball forward towards Fisher. The junior striker battled a defender for the bouncing ball before catching up to it just inside the 18-yard box. Fisher hit it on her first touch and beat the keeper for her second goal in as many days.
Both teams pressed to score the winner but it was the Terriers who eventually broke through. Kosienski had the ball just past midfield and sent a ball for a streaking Blauner, who beat two defenders and dribbled into the area before sending a perfect ball across the turf for Wakefield, who sped down the right side and met the cross at the right post and finished.
Conway made two saves in the final 11 minutes, including her heroic punch of McCaffrey’s effort. She also claimed another shot from close range to keep a clean sheet in the second half. The Terriers also received a great performance from their other substitutes, as seven players other than Conway came on at some point, including Wakefield and Kosienski.
After a successful two-game homestand, BU will travel to South Carolina to face the No. 14 Gamecocks on Friday before also taking on College of Charleston in Columbia on Sunday.