Dec. 3, 2010
By Greg Johnson
CARY, North Carolina - No matter where Stanford women’s soccer coach Paul Ratcliffe places Camille Levin in the lineup, he knows shes going to be an effective player for the Cardinal.
Levin, a 5-3 junior, is a jack-of-all trades for the Cardinal and her versatility helped Stanford to a 2-0 Womens College Cup semifinal victory over Boston College in front of 8, 323 at WakeMed Soccer Park Friday night.
Stanford, 23-0-2, advances to the final where it will take on Notre Dame at noon (EST) Sunday.
Ratcliffe said that Levin can be one of his teams best forwards, midfielders or defenders depending on where she can help the team in any given match. Against the Eagles, Ratcliffe needed Levin to play in an attacking midfielders role.
She delivered the games first goal in the 47th minute by making a strong move through the Boston College defense and unleashing an 18-yard shot that barely eluded Eagles goal keeper Jillian Mastroianni.
She (Levin) is an incredible player, and Im so happy for her to get that big-time goal,” said Ratcliffe, whose team has won 22 straight games. She deserves it. Wherever we need her in a given game, shes willing to go in there and make a big difference. When I put her in the center midfield, it really changed the game.”
Levin won her team possession of the ball time and time again, which helped fuel Stanfords offense. On her goal, she was able to exploit having time and space.
Boston Colleges back line was really tight on you initially, and then they would drop back,” said Levin, who has two goals and 11 assists this season. They kept dropping, and I just kind of cut one side and saw an open shot.”
Mastroianni, who made four saves for the Eagles, said her team lost Levin on the games first goal.
Levin and (Teresa) Noyola switched back and forth and we got mismatched,” Mastroianni said. She got an extra step and hit the shot well. I got my fingertips to it, but it wasnt enough.”
The Cardinal have scored at least two goals in each match this season with the exception of a 1-1 tie against Boston College in the regular-season opener. The Eagles, 17-7-1, needed to duplicate that defensive accomplishment to stay in the match.
Boston College nearly scored the equalizing goal in the 76th minute when a header by Kristie Mewis was stopped in spectacular fashion by Stanford keeper Emily Oliver. The rebound trickled towards the right post where Boston Colleges Hannah Cerrone outraced Oliver to the ball only to send it just over the cross bar.
Stanfords Lindsay Taylor sealed the game by making and steal and finishing the play by scoring in the lower left corner in the 86th minute.
The Cardinal outshot Boston College 7-0 in the first half, but Eagles coach Alison Foley felt the statistic was misleading. Her team built up its attack, but things broke down in the final third of the field.
At times, we got a little conservative in the first half,” Foley said. Getting to end line has been one of our successes all year. We didnt do that as much as we would have liked tonight.”
Ratcliffe wasnt particularly pleased with his teams play in the first half either. Stanford didnt allow a shot, but it didnt play a fluid game either.
Our team was a little tight for my liking, probably because of the big stage,” Ratcliffe said. Boston College played very high and put us under pressure. If we could have gotten behind them a few times, then we could have really opened up offensively. On our second goal, Lindsay Taylor put their defender under pressure earlier, and we were able to score.”