New England Soccer Today

BC Women Get Fourth Win

Boston College Women’s Soccer continued its strong start to the season on Wednesday evening with a 2-1 win over Harvard at Harvard’s Soldiers’ Field Soccer Stadium. Mass. natives Lauren Berman and Hayley Dowd scored on either side of halftime, sandwiching a goal by Harvard’s Joan Fleischman to give the game its final scoreline.

The win improved the Eagles to 4-1-0 on the season, with their only loss coming on the road at the hands of number two ranked Stanford University. Wednesday’s match came just a couple days after the team returned from their California road trip.

“Courageous effort by the team to come from the west coast with just one day off against the top Ivy League team like Harvard,’’ said BC head coach Alison Foley said in a team release. “We are home for five games and it will be nice to regroup and not travel.’’

The Eagles opened the scoring in the 30th minute after Berman got the ball from Gaby Carreiro, a freshman from Upton, Mass. Berman, a Canton native and transfer student from Maryland, took a shot from 20 yards that was blocked by a defender, but got to the rebound and finished from six yards to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

Harvard would equalize in the 68th minute through Fleischman after BC failed to deal with a long free kick from near midfield. The ball eluded attempted headed clearances by the BC defense and fell right to an open Fleischman who was left with a fairly straight-forward finish from close range to knot the score at 1-1

Just two minutes later, however, the Eagles would score the winner through Dowd. Dowd, a Peabody native, forced a turnover from the Harvard defense and ran in on goal before placing it past Harvard goalkeeper Lizzie Durack to make it 2-1 Eagles.

Upton native Alex Johnson made several key stops in net in the win for the Eagles and finished the night with five saves.

The Eagles play Columbia in Newton on Friday, while Harvard (1-1-0) remains home to face Alabama, also on Friday.

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