November 3, 2013
Boston College falls to North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C. -- It was a typical game between Boston College and North Carolina on Sunday afternoon in the first round of the ACC Tournament. The sixth-seeded Eagles (10-9-1) lost to third-seeded North Carolina, 1-0, in front 816 fans at Fetzer Field. North Carolina (17-3) will play Florida State on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8 p.m. in the ACC semifinal.
It was ninth time in 10 games in which these two teams played that it was decided by one goal. It was seventh consecutive game that the result was a one goal deficit between BC and UNC.
The Tar Heels struck in the 39th minute when Megan Brigmanís shot hit the crossbar. The ball bounce out and UNCís midfielder Crystal Dunn out-jumped the BC defender to head it home. The goal was questioned because it looked as though BC's goalkeeper Alex Johnson had made the save but the official called it good.
Johnson was stellar as she kept the game deadlocked when she made a kick save on a penalty kick by Summer Green. Johnson followed that with a strong clear of a long ball attempt by UNC to send Green in alone. Johnson came out of the box and kicked the ball from the incoming Carolina forward.
BC had a number of chances including a ball off a long throw in by Coco Woeltz that dribbled towards the goal. As the ball was trickling in the goal, BC was called for a foul in the box in the 21st minute of play.
At the half, UNC had 12 shots while BC had four.
In the second half, UNC came out aggressive but Johnson continued to shine. Just two minutes into play, Johnson deflected a shot wide off the foot of Summer Green from 25 yards out. Two minutes later, Johnson made a point blank save on a shot from Crystal Dunn. Johnsonís third save of the half came when Brooke Elby ripped a shot from 15 yards out just five minutes into the half.
BCís first chance in the half came on a long ball by Madison Meehan into the box in the 55th minute. McKenzie Meehan broke in but could not get enough power on a header and Anna Sieloff was there for the easy save.
With 12 minutes to play, McKenzie Meehan made a run along the line. She sent the ball to the top of the box, and after the ball bounced around, the Eagles could not get a solid shot on goal as UNC cleared the attack.
BCís freshman Hayley Dowd made a run to the near post. Gibby Wagnerís cross was low but Dowd managed to put her head on the ball but Sieloff covered the near post to keep the 1-0 for UNC with five minutes to play.
A minute later, Kate McCarthy had a shot from just outside the box. The shot went off a defender but Sieloff was there to cover up the rolling ball. On the counter, UNCís Kealia Ohai broke in with a BC defender on her side. Johnson came out and smothered the ball with a one-handed save.
BC was outshot by North Carolina, 21-8, in the match. The Eagles had two corners while UNC had 10. Johnson had a career-high 10 saves, while Sieloff matched her career-high with five saves.
The Eagles offense was led by freshman Hayley Dowd with two shots, while Stephanie McCaffrey and McKenzie Meehan were held to a shot apiece in the match.