Nov. 27, 2010

Courtesy of Boston College Athletics

Amidst flurries at the Newton Campus Field, Hannah Cerrone scored an overtime game winning goal to defeat Washington 1-0 and earn the Boston College women's soccer team its first trip to the NCAA Final Four next weekend in Cary, N.C.

A strong gust of wind was all Cerrone needed to turn her corner kick from a cross into a goal. As several players waited in front of the net, the ball arced suddenly towards Washington's goaltender Jorde LaFontaine-Kussman and slipped past her for the only score of the game with 4:46 remaining in the first overtime.

The game started out as a back-and-forth effort, with both teams' defenses stepping up to stop the offenses. BC goaltender Jillian Mastroanni made two huge stops as the Huskies' Alex Webber hammered out consecutive shots from the left corner before finally kicking the last one wide.

At the 25 minute mark, BC took the first corner kick of the game but it was a Washington player who got her head on the ball to clear it. Minutes later Kristie Mewis picked up a loose ball at midfield and dribbled down the center, passing it left to Vickie DiMartino who took BC's first shot of the game. LaFontaine-Kussman stepped out of the box and caught the ball for a save.

Mewis had another chance in the 13th minute as she arced a shot towards the goal from the left side, only to be tipped up and over the goal by LaFontaine-Kussman. Despite nine shots from the Huskies and six for the Eagle, neither team could score before the end of the first half.

Washington was the main aggressor at the beginning of the second half. They kept the ball in BC's end but big clears by Chelsea Regan, Alyssa Pember, and Kate McCarthy kept the Huskies off the scoreboard. Mastroanni caught a crossing corner kick for another huge save.

The Eagles had a few good chances at the 26 minute mark. Mewis, Natialie Crutchfield, and Hannah Cerrone all fired off shots but none found their way past the Huskies' defense.

Another opportunity came in the 18th minute as Amy Caldwell crossed the goal from the right side to Mewis, whose header in front of the goal was saved.

The last 15 minutes saw increased intensity on both sides but the second half ended the same as the first and Boston College and Washington headed into overtime.

Mastroanni made five saves in the win. BC had 15 shots to Washington's 17, but held an edge on corner kicks with 10 to the Huskies' four.

The win improves BC's record to 17-6-1, while Washington ends its season at 13-9-2.

The Eagles will travel to Cary, N.C. to face No. 1 Stanford on Friday, December 3 st either 4:00 or 6:30 p.m. The Cardinals are undefeated so far this season with a 22-0-2 record. The last time these teams met the contest ended in a 1-1 tie after two overtimes.