Boston University scores in 76th minute to squeak by Harvard 1-0
BOSTON -- Boston University defeated Harvard 1-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. The Terriers will now advance to the second round of the tournament for the fourth time in program history.
Patriot League Rookie of the Year Erica Kosienski scored her seventh game-winning goal of the season in the 76th minute to lead the Terriers to victory with an assist from Patriot League all-league second team honoree Kylie Strom. Senior goalkeeper and fellow all-league second team selection Andrea Green made a pair of saves for her 12th shutout of the season.
BU (15-3-4) now advances to the second round for the first time since 2011 and will play Santa Clara on Friday.
"It was a great team effort," head coach Nancy Feldman said. "From our number one player on the roster to our 28th player on the roster, everybody was a part of this win."
With the win, the Terriers completed an unbeaten (9-0-2) record at Nickerson Field this season and will enter Friday's second-round contest riding a 13-game unbeaten streak. BU has now matched its program record of 15 shutouts in a season, which was also accomplished in 2010.
The Terriers, who are in their first year in the Patriot League, are the second league member to earn a win in the first round of the NCAA tournament, and first since 2004, when Colgate defeated Arizona 1-0 in a first-round contest. Two years later, Navy battled to a 0-0 draw with William & Mary but advanced to the second round on penalty kicks 5-4. Since then, league members went 0-6 in the first round.
After battling Harvard (12-4-2) to a 1-1 draw on Oct. 8, the Terriers did not need an extra session to earn the win this time. Following a pass from junior Ana Cuffia at the start of the 76th minute, Strom fed a through ball to Kosienski right at the six-yard box. Harvard's Lizzie Durack came up in attempt to fall on the ball and make a stop, but Kosienski fired her shot before Durack could get a hand on it and sent the ball to the left corner of the net for her team-leading eighth goal of the season.
BU finished the game with an 11-4 lead in shots and a 6-2 edge in shots on goal. Cheta Emba made four saves for the Crimson while Durack stopped one shot. The Terriers also held the advantage in corner kicks 6-4.
Making its 11th NCAA tournament appearance, BU now owns a 4-10 record in the postseason. The Terriers also defeated Harvard 3-0 in the first round of the 2011 NCAA tournament, which was BU's first home NCAA contest.