No. 24 Boston College gives No. 1 Florida State first loss of season
NEWTON, Mass. -- Boston College scored two second-half goals on its way to a 3-2 victory against No. 1 Florida State in front of 663 fans at the Newton Soccer Field on Thursday.
This was the first time in BC's history that the Eagles have defeated the Seminoles. BC became the first ACC team to score a goal against Florida State this season.
BC is now 10-5-2 overall and 4-4 in the ACC. FSU is now 14-1 and 7-1 in the conference.
Prior to the match, Florida State had given up only three goals during the season (two against Minn. on Aug. 17 and one against Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 7). Florida State had shut out nine consecutive teams before losing to BC.
"Behind the scenes we've been playing like this all year. And we didn't get the results. Internally, we've thought we [had] been playing [really] well. So with a little bit of luck, things will go our way,'' BC head coach Alison Foley said. "This was well deserved. The kids needed it. I think they've been battling.''
The Eagles' offense was led by Kate McCarthy, Stephanie McCaffrey, Kristie Mewis and Victoria DiMartino. McCarthy, McCaffrey and Mewis all tallied goals while DiMartino had two assists.
FSU was the first to get on the board at 36:48 in the half when Kristen Grubka headed a corner kick into the far post. It was her fifth goal of the season.
Four minutes later, Kate McCarthy one-timed the ball from nine yards out into the far post to the right of the goalkeeper to tie the match at one. It was the first goal scored against Florida State since Sept. 7.
Florida State held a 9-6 edge in shots at the half. The Seminoles also had four corner kicks to BC's three.
FSU had a solid chance to go up in the match when Tiffany McCarty headed a ball from Kasey Kallman towards the BC goal. The ball hit the near post and BC goalkeeper Alexa Gaul smothered the rebound to keep the game tied at one in the 57th minute.
McCaffrey was active all night down the sideline for the Eagles. The hard work paid off as she received a cross from DiMartino from the left side. McCaffrey made a run towards goal and kicked the ball into the goal for a 2-1 BC lead in the 67th minute.
The Eagles' confidence grew when Mewis gave BC a 3-1 lead in the 80th minute. She ripped a left-footed shot from 25 yards out into the top right corner. FSU goalkeeper Kelsey Wys could not catch up to the shot. It was the 13th goal of the season for Mewis.
FSU came back in the 82nd minute when a miscue by the Eagles' defense resulted in an easy goal by Jessica Price.
The Eagles regained their composure as they continued to clear the ball out of the offensive zone to hold onto to the one-goal victory.
Boston College finished the match with 12 shots while FSU had 13. Both teams had five corner kicks in the match.