NEWTON, Mass. — Senior Kristen Mewis’ goal and assist paced Boston College to a 2-0 victory against Hofstra Friday night in first round action of the NCAA tournament in front of 458 fans at the Newton Soccer Field. The Eagles improved to 11-7-3.
The Eagles carried the play for most of the first half including a breakaway bid by Kristen Mewis just two minutes into the game that was stoned by Hofstra goalkeeper Emily Morphitis. At the 11:45 mark Stephanie McCaffrey’s 10th goal of the season gave the Eagles a 1-0 lead on chip from Mewis, her 12th assist of the year.
“We talked about it before the game, to get ahead in the first 15 minutes of the game. It allows you to play your style and takes a bit of the pressure off,” BC head coach Alison Foley said.
“There was a lot of space for Steph [McCaffrey], who is pretty much the fastest girl on our team. There was some open space for her because the defense was kind of up a little bit. I just tipped the ball over the top a bit and she just ran onto to it and chipped it over the goalie. It was really skillful of her, it was awesome,” Mewis said of McCaffrey’s game-winning goal.
BC held a 9-3 advantage in shots versus Hofstra in the first half. The Eagles also had a 4-1 edge on corker kicks in the half.
Hofstra made a push in the second half but goalkeeper Alexa Gaul was up to the task stopping all four shots she faced.
Mewis added her 14th goal of the season when she was a recipient of a nice play from midfielder Gibby Wagner. The Eagles co-captain sprung free from a Hofstra defender down the sideline and place a beautiful cross in the box. A Pride defender attempted to head the ball out of the box but it landed at Mewis’ feet. She made a move to her right and placed the ball on her left foot and ripped a shot into the far corner for a 2-0 BC lead with under 10 minutes to play.
“Gibby Wagner worked hard down the line to get free. I think it was deflected and I took a strong touch towards goal and placed it on my left foot,” said Mewis of her 14th goal. “All I did was place it where the goalie wasn’t.”
“The second goal was just as important as the first,” Foley said. “If you look at our season in critical moments of games, when games have been tight, it’s Kristie Mewis who answers the call and top players, best players in the country know how to take care of business. To me that one just sealed off the game and it certainly was an important one.”
Mewis and Kate McCarthy led the Eagles with two shots on goal each, while the defense for the Eagles – Casey Morrison, Zoe Lombard, Rachel Davitt, Lauren Bernard and Patrice Vettori, allowed only six shots, four on goal. BC goalkeeper Alexa Gaul finished with four saves and earned her fourth shutout.
Hofstra goalkeeper Emily Mophitis recorded seven saves in the loss. The Pride finished the season with an 11-9-2 record while BC improves to 11-7-3 on the year.