NCAA Women's Soccer ACCtion: Friday, November 19

Nov. 19, 2010

Boston College Blanks West Virginia, 4-0

NEWTON, Mass. - Brooke Knowlton scored a goal in each half to lead the Eagles to a 4-0 win over West Virginia and a trip back to the Elite Eight for their second consecutive season, snapping West Virginia's 14 game winning streak, the second longest in the country.

The Eagles also handed the Mountaineers just their third shutout in their last 11 NCAA matches.

Play centered around midfield until Natalie Crutchfield had the first real scoring opportunity for the Eagles after 30 minutes had elapsed in the first half. Finding herself one-on-one against the goalie, Crutchfield took a high arcing shot that crossed the goal and hit the left post to bounce back into play.

It wasn't much later when BC was the first to crack the scoreboard in the 22nd minute. After a few passes in front of the net, Brooke Knowlton collected a pass from Kristen Mewis on the left post and kicked it into the far right pocket to give the Eagles an early 1-0 lead.

The Eagles did it again in the 14th minute when Julia Bouchelle scored with another assist from Mewis to make it 2-0 going into halftime.

BC dominated the first half, holding a 9-3 edge in shots over the Mountaineers.

Duke Falls at No. 6 Oklahoma State, 2-0

STILLWATER, Okla. - With a trip to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals on the line, Oklahoma State was able to notch a goal in each half as the sixth-ranked Cowgirls defeated Duke, 2-0, Friday evening in front of 1,943 fans at the Cowgirl Soccer Complex.

The Blue Devils, who knocked off California and fifth-ranked Florida to earn a spot in the Sweet Sixteen, end the year with an 11-8-4 overall record, while the Cowgirls improved to 20-3-2 for the season and will advance to play either North Carolina or Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals.

For the game, Oklahoma State narrowly edged Duke in total shots, 8-9, but the Blue Devils held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks. Both goalkeepers, Tara Campbell for Duke and Adrianna Franch for OSU, made two saves in the contest.

The Blue Devils came out sharp to open play and the two teams would battle to a 0-0 stalemate throughout the majority of the opening period. Yet Oklahoma State, which owned a 4-2 shot advantage in the first half, would break the scoreless tie just before the intermission.