Oct. 14, 2007
Backed by goals from junior Marisha Schumacher-Hodge and freshman Stephanie Croghan the Boston University women's soccer team extended its unbeaten streak to five games, as it defeated UMBC, 2-0, on Sunday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Sophomore Farrell McClernon assisted on both goals, and senior Christina Reuter earned the shutout with two saves. BU improves to 7-5-2 overall and 4-0-0 in the America East, while UMBC falls to 1-11-2 overall and 0-5-0 in conference action.
BU took the early lead at 4:54 with the eventual game winner as McClernon (West Chester, Pa.) sent a perfect cross into the box that Schumacher-Hodge (Pittsburgh, Pa.) got on the end of and one-timed it into the low corner. It was her second goal of the season and she now leads the team in points with nine (2 goals, 5 assists).
The Terriers increased their lead when Croghan (McLean, Va.) tallied her third goal of the season at 15:45. McClernon earned her second assist on the day when she slid the ball to an on-rushing Croghan, who fought off a defender and stripped goalkeeper Christine Bacinski of the ball to slot it into the near, lower corner. For the remainder of the half, BU settled into a rhythm and possessed through the midfield.
In the second half, Reuter (Madison, Wis.) made a heads up play in the 54th minute on a shot by Jessica Young. Young came sprinting into the box and Reuter came off her line and made a point-blank save to preserve the shutout.
BU continued to pressure and recorded six shots in the second half - two that were on target. In the 83rd minute, UMBC's Meagan Rivera made one last push to get on the scoreboard, but her strike went wide right of the net.
The Terriers out shot the Retrievers 13-4 and held a 9-3 advantage in corner kick opportunities.
BU will host defending America East champion Hartford on Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. at Nickerson Field.