Nov. 15, 2009

Courtesy Boston College Athletics

Junior Natalie Crutchfield scored her first goal of the season to lead Boston College past Connecticut, 2-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday in front of 600 fans at the Newton Soccer Field. The Eagles improved to 17-3-2 and will play Wisconsin on Friday, November 20 at 7 p.m. UConn ends its season at 11-8-2.

Crutchfield has just entered the game in the 30th minute for Brooke Knowlton. In the 32nd minute, Crutchfield ran onto a ball sent into the box by Amy Caldwell. The UConn goalkeeper Ally Mancino (six saves) came out to cut the angle down but Crutchfield one-timed a right-footed shot to the far post for a 1-0 BC lead.

The Eagles doubled the margin in the 68th minute of the match. Senior Gina DiMartino chipped the ball it into the open goal for her eight of the season. The goal was set up when Victoria DiMartino broke free between two defenders, on a through ball from Julia Bouchelle. DiMartino's shot was deflected by Mancino out of the box and Gina DiMartino gave the BC a 2-0 lead.

UConn's best chance came at the 53 minute mark when Meghan Cunningham headed a cross to the far left of the goal. BC goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni (one save) dove and got her hand on the ball to keep eagles up 1-0.

Boston College held the edge in shots, 16-4, while both teams had two corner kicks. Victoria DiMaritno led the Eagles offensively with six shots, while Kristen Mewis and Julia Bouchelle had three shots apiece.

Game Notes:
BC goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni picked up her 13th shutout of the season. She now has 23 in her two year career ... This is the fifth time in six season in which BC advances to the Sweet 16.