The No. 17 Boston College women’s field hockey team defeated No. 7 Louisville at Trager Field in Louisville, Ky. on Friday, Oct. 17. It was not only the Eagles’ third win over a top-10 program this season, but it was also their eighth overtime game this season.
The Eagles started off strong, striking quickly to take a 1-0 lead over the Cardinals in the eighth minute of play when sophomore forward Eryn McCoy scored with an assist from junior forward AshLeigh Sebia.
The BC offense controlled possession in the first half of play and took its 1-0 lead over the Cardinals into halftime. In the Eagles’ net, goaltender Leah Settipane faced just two shots on goal. BC had a narrow advantage in the shot count with three.
The second half brought back-and-forth play between the Eagles and the Cardinals. Louisville got its first attack penalty corner opportunity with 19:30 left in the game. The Eagles’ defense put forth a strong effort, keeping Louisville from scoring until the 57th minute of play. Settipane recorded a total of three saves against the Cardinals on Friday, as Louisville managed just one more shot in the second frame of play and none in the overtime period, a testament to the dominating game that the Eagles’ defense was putting forth, which was matched by a steadfast performance in the net.
The Cardinals scored with 13 minutes left in the game to bring the score to a tie at 1-1. The goal was scored by Elisa Garcia and assisted by Nicole Woods. The score remained unchanged as the clock ran out of time, bringing the teams into overtime, a situation with which, at this point, the Eagles are very familiar.
BC started overtime on the attack, and the game was decided quickly—just four minutes after the start of the sudden death period. McCoy scored on a fast break up the middle, bringing her goal tally to two on the day as the Eagles’ only scorer. It was her seventh goal of the season. She is surpassed in goals on the season only by her twin sister, Emily McCoy, who after the two games the Eagles played this weekend, has nine goals in the 15 games that they have played on the season.
Later in the weekend, BC played another game, this one against the University of California, Berkeley. At the neutral site, the Eagles topped the Bears in commanding fashion, 5-1.
Eryn McCoy moved her goal count for the weekend to three, while her sister, Emily, notched one for herself. Emma Plasteras, Kelcie Hromisin, and Leah Frome tallied the other goals for BC, while Settipane had four saves before being relieved by Audra Hampsch with just under nine minutes remaining in the game.
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