NEWTON, MA – An Eagle goal with less than four minutes to play in regulation lifted No. 20 Boston College (14-2-2) to a 2-1 victory against visiting Rutgers (10-6-4) in the BIG EAST Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament quarterfinals Nov. 2 at BC’s Newton Campus Field.
Rutgers struck first, scoring the match’s first goal in the 20th minute. As the BC defense attempted to clear the ball, senior Adrienne Dugandzic (Sicklerville, NJ) ran hard to get her body in front of it and knock it down. The ball deflected into the box for junior Kelly Evans (Saddle Brook, NJ), who ran on to the loose ball and beat the BC keeper to make the score 1-0. For Evans, it was her sixth goal of the year.
The lead didn’t last long, however, as Boston College evened up the match six minutes later. The Scarlet Knights had opportunities to again take the lead, but were unable to finish several second-half breakaways. Just as it seemed that the two teams were destined to head to overtime for the second time this season (0-0 double-overtime tie Sept. 28), Boston College’s Beth Totman picked up a loose ball in the midfield and bent it into the upper 90 from 25 yards out, giving the Eagles the decisive goal with 3:40 remaining in the match.
“In some ways, I thought we deserved better than what we got,” fourth-year head coach Glenn Crooks said. “But, this game is about finishing opportunities. We had five close shots inside the box and didn’t convert any of them. I thought that we defended well, and we got behind their backs in the ways that we had hoped for. Now we have to wait and see how the rest of the country does. Everyone associated with our program knows that we’re an NCAA (Tournament) caliber program. We just have to wait and see what happens.”
The 64-team field for the 2003 NCAA Tournament will be announced Monday, Nov. 10. Freshman Robyn Jones (Titusville, NJ) made four saves in goal for the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers was ranked fifth by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and sixth by Soccerbuzz in the Mid-Atlantic Region this week (Oct. 27). The Scarlet Knights also received votes in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll. The Eagles were ranked 20th nationally by the NSCAA, and second in the Northeast Region by the NSCAA and Soccerbuzz.
Rutgers will serve as the host for the final two rounds of the BIG EAST Tournament, hosting semifinal matches Friday, Nov. 7, at 5:00 and 7:00 p.m., and the final Sunday, Nov. 9, at 12:00 p.m.
No. Boston College 2, Rutgers 1; BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals; Newton Campus Field; Newton, MA
Score By Periods
Rutgers 1 0 1
Boston College 1 1 2
Shots: RU 10, BC 7. Corner Kicks: RU 6, BC 4. Saves: RU 4, BC 4. Fouls: RU 11, BC 8. Offsides: RU 1, BC 1. Yellow Cards: RU 0, BC 0.
Score By Periods
Time Goal Assist
RU 19:04 Kelly Evans (6) Adrienne Dugandzic (1)
BC 24:59 Katie McGregor Beth Totman
BC 86:20 Totman