NEWTON, Mass. – No. 24 Boston College earned its first home victory, upsetting 10th-ranked Northeastern 1-0 on Friday. Freshman AshLeigh Sebia scored the game-winning goal in the second half to give the Eagles (8-6) the win.
“It’s exciting for our program to have our first home win,” head coach Ainslee Lamb said. “To beat a highly ranked opponent is a tremendous accomplishment. Overall, the players committed to the game plan [Friday]. Tactically, they were good, but emotionally they were better. Their desire to win was the highest I’ve seen it and that’s what won the game.”
The two teams played to a scoreless first half. The Huskies (10-3) outshot the Eagles 4-3 and both teams had two corner opportunities. Freshman Leah Settipane made two saves heading into the break. NU keeper Lizzie Priest recorded one.
Five minutes into the second half, Sebia put the Eagles on the board. Junior Virgynia Muma dribbled the ball into the circle and crossed it in front of the goal. Sebia, waiting on the right side of the cage, slipped it past Priest for her third score of the season.
“All week we have been working on getting the ball to goal,” Lamb said. “At halftime, we said, `You have to make the goalie make a play.’ That’s what that goal was. It wasn’t a perfect goal; it was Vinnie and AshLeigh taking the opportunity to get the ball toward the goal and that’s really good for our team.”
The two teams continued to battle and the Huskies got a chance to tie the game on a corner with 11:25 left in the game. Crystal Poland took a hard shot from the top of the circle, but Settipane batted it down for the save, keeping the Eagles’ one-goal lead.
“Leah made a great save at a critical moment,” Lamb said. “It’s amazing to see her poise and maturity as a freshman. She is so experienced already.”
Coming into tonight’s action, Poland was second in the country in goals per game (1.58). The Eagles’ defense shut her down, not allowing her to score a goal for only the third time this season.
Northeastern pulled Priest in favor of an extra man with three minutes to play, but the Eagles held strong and did not allow the ball into the circle.
BC recorded six shots in the second half to NU’s four, outshooting the crosstown rival 9-8. The Huskies had the advantage on corners 7-3. Settipane ended the night with four saves to Priest’s two.