No. 1 W Soccer rallies to preserve perfect record
Top-ranked Virginia scores two second-half goals to top Boston College in road tilt
The No. 1 Virginia women’s soccer team survived its first scare of the season Thursday, edging Boston College in come-from-behind fashion, 2-1.
The Eagles (4-4, 1-2 ACC) became the first opponent to attempt more shots on goal than the Cavaliers (8-0, 3-0 ACC) as they peppered freshman goalkeeper Morgan Stearns with seven on target. Boston College broke through in the 47th minute when junior forward Stephanie McCaffrey capitalized on a breakaway chance to put Virginia’s perfect record in jeopardy.
The Cavaliers wasted little time in responding, however, as sophomore forward Makenzy Doniak put her team on the board in the 58th minute. Just four minutes later, senior forward Molly Menchel struck to put the Cavaliers ahead for good. The Virginia defense held for the final 32 minutes to secure a milestone victory for coach Steve Swanson, who earned his 300th career win, 196 of which have come on the Cavalier’s sideline.
The second-half rally ended an ignominious streak for Virginia, who has struggled on Boston College’s turf field in the past. Virginia had never scored a goal in four trips to the Eagles’ Newton Campus Field, but it responded quickly after a quiet first half offensively. Virginia’s two second-half goals in rapid succession turned the tides after the team faced its first deficit since Aug. 30 against Penn State.
The Cavaliers continue their road trip Sunday, when they travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers (4-4-1, 0-3-0 ACC). Pittsburgh dropped its third straight conference matchup Thursday to Clemson.