There’s no denying it: Wednesday night was ugly for the women’s soccer team.
No. 4 Boston College handed Yale its fourth straight loss in Newton, Mass., as the Eagles trounced the Bulldogs, 7–0.
“They were very, very good and we didn’t play that great tonight,” head coach Rudy Meredith said of his team, which fell to 1–4 on the season. “When you play bad against a good team, then that’s what’s going to happen. They punished every mistake we made.”
The Eagles (6–0–1) hit the ground running, getting their first shot off on goalkeeper Ayana Sumiyasu ’11 less than two minutes into the game. Four minutes and three shots later, Boston College forward Brooke Knowlton put her team on the board with the match’s first goal.
Forward Enma Mullo ’12 took a shot for the Elis in the 10th minute, but her attempt was the only one the Blue would see for the next 16 minutes. The Eagles meanwhile had no shortage of action, and scored their second goal in the 22nd minute when forward Victoria DiMartino found the back of the net from 25 yards with her left foot.
Meredith pegged Boston College’s second goal as the one that definitively gave the home team momentum for the rest of the game. He said the Eagles took advantage of every mistake Yale made — especially giving the ball away in its defensive third.
“I think we definitely could have played a little better defensively, but then again, any little mistake got magnified,” Meredith said. “[Boston College] could score from anywhere — close, far, left, right.”
While the Eagles did not capitalize again in the first half, they outshot Yale 13–2 in the period and forced Sumiyasu to make four saves.
Midfielder Juliann Jeffrey ’14 said she thought the Bulldogs came out resolutely after the restart, but that resolve did not last.
“It was 2–0 at halftime and in the beginning of the [second] half we came out hard, but after that they scored like three goals right in a row,” Jeffrey said. “Halfway through the second half it was 6–0 and we knew we were done with.”
Indeed, the Eagles just kept racking up goals in the second period. Boston College made the score 3–0 in the 54th minute on a goal by forward Kristen Mewis and midfielder Patrice Vettori added another in the 58th minute.
Fifty seconds later, Knowlton recorded her second tally of the game.
Meredith switched Sumiyasu out for goalkeeper Adele Jackson-Gibson ’13 in the 62nd minute, but the swap didn’t seem to make any difference to the Eagles — and Knowlton in particular. The Boston College forward struck for a third time — completing her first career hat trick — 36 seconds after the substitution.
Up by a 6–0 margin roughly 15 minutes into the second half, Boston College finally let up its scoring spree.
Neither side capitalized for a 25-minute stretch, but Boston College put the icing on the cake with its seventh goal in the 87th minute, the shot bouncing in after Jackson-Gibson stopped the initial attempt.
Meredith said Yale played well at points in the game, but that the scattered bursts of momentum were not enough to match up against a top-five team like Boston College.
“We had some moments of good soccer,” Meredith said. “You can’t beat a team like that with moments. You’ve got to have extended periods of playing good soccer to compete with a team like that.”
Boston College outshot Yale 14-4 in the second half, and 27-6 for the entire match. Sumiyasu tallied five saves during her 61-plus minutes in goal, and Jackson-Gibson posted four during her 29-minute stretch as keeper.
“It was obviously a difficult game,” forward and team captain Becky Brown ’11 said. “We’re just trying to forget about this game and kind of begin a new season.”
The Bulldogs take the Reese Stadium pitch Friday night for a 7 p.m. start against Sacred Heart.