Boston College looked lively and dangerous in their home opener in Newton, but ultimately was unable to convert their possession and shots advantage in to goals, and had to settle for a 1-1 tie with Arizona State on Sunday.
The Eagles (1-0-1) had to dig themselves out from a first half deficit for the second straight game after giving up a fluky goal on a set piece in the 36th minute. Arizona State's Jazmarie Mader bounced a looping header over BC keeper Alexis Bryant to give the Sun Devils a 1-0 lead completely against the run of play.
Despite falling behind, BC continued to pepper Arizona State’s net and stay active for the whole half, firing 11 shots and earning 5 corner kicks, but they were unable to cash in. McKenzie Meehan in particular looked really dangerous, narrowly missing on a few good opportunities despite being swarmed by defenders every time she touched the ball.
BC seemed to be wearing down a bit in the second half in the afternoon heat when sophomore Gaby Carreiro found a moment of magic in the 60th minute, making an electrifying run down the left wing to set up Lauren Berman, who knocked home Carreiro’s cross to tie the score.
The goal gave the Eagles a second wind, and they had the more threatening opportunities to win the game for the rest of regulation and for the two 10-minute OT periods. With under 20 seconds left, BC’s Amber Stearns got a clear shot off but rattled it off the crossbar, narrowly missing out on a game winner.
BC has a few days to recover before taking on Stony Brook at home on Thursday night.