Boston College Knocks Off Virginia, 1-0, In ACC Women's Soccer Championship

Nov. 3, 2010

 

 

CARY, N.C. - Sixth-seeded Boston College knocked off third-seeded Virginia, 1-0, in quarterfinal action at the ACC Women's Soccer Championship Wednesday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.

Maddie Payne came off the bench to score her first goal of the season and give the Eagles the lead at the 65:54 mark. Julia Bouchelle passed to Payne, whose shot from 10 yards out on the right side trickled off the hands of Virginia goalkeeper Chantel Jones. That was all BC needed, as junior goalkeeper Jill Mastroianni recorded her seventh shutout of the year.

"It was a total team effort," said Boston College coach Alison Foley. "We had people come off the bench that have had minimal minutes like Kate McCarthy and Zoe Lombard and I thought they were fantastic. You always talk about your bench keeping the level the same and in my opinion, the bench brought us to another level. In tournament time, it's a test of the depth of your bench. I thought the game was a great sign today of what the kids on the bench did for us."

In an evenly played match, the 14th-ranked Eagles avenged an overtime loss they suffered at Virginia in early October. Undefeated and No. 1 nationally entering that contest, Boston College fell 3-2 to the then-No. 6 Cavaliers. That started a 3-5 stretch for the Eagles, while fifth-ranked UVa dropped just one game the rest of the regular season.

"Against Virginia, in my opinion the first time around, we outplayed and out-shot them and we didn't get the result we wanted," Foley said. "This tournament is a lot about revenge and in tournament time you have got to get the results or you don't play anymore."

"We knew it was going to be a close game and they are a very good team," Virginia coach Steve Swanson said. "I think this kind of had a late-round NCAA quality to it. It is disappointing to lose and I thought we had the effort tonight. We generated some decent looks, but at the end of the day, they finished their one and we didn't. To win, you have to score, and we didn't do that."

Boston College (13-5-1) will face No. 2 seed Maryland (16-2-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday. The Terps edged BC, 2-1, on Oct. 7 on a last-second goal.

Virginia (13-4-2) will learn its postseason fate during the NCAA Selection Show at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday.