The Boston College women’s soccer team game #4 ranked Duke all they could handle Thursday night in Newton, but a second half goal gave the Blue Devils a 2-1 conference win. The Eagles battled all night and had their chances, but were unable to find the back of the net more than once. The loss was the second in a row for BC and their third in four games, a rough streak that has seen their record fall to 9-7-1 on the season and 3-4-1 in ACC play.
BC looked like they were in trouble early on in the game. Duke got on the board just four minutes into the game and came close to adding to their lead soon after. Eagles goalie Alexis Bryant made a few big saves to keep the deficit at one. Sam Coffey scored for BC on a free kick in the 33rd minute to tie the game and the Eagles went in to the half tied 1-1 with the Blue Devils.
Boston College almost jumped ahead right after the break, when a headed attempt barely went over the crossbar just a few minutes into the half. Unfortunately, it was Duke who took the lead for good in the 62nd minute, scoring on a free kick of their own. BC had a few good looks on goal in the remaining time, but Duke’s goalie made a few saves and the Eagles fell 2-1.
The Eagles had the 18—13 shot advantage over Duke on the night, but the Blue Devils put eight on net to BC’s five. It will be a quick turnaround for BC, who will look to end their two game skid then they host Virginia on Sunday at Newton Campus. It is the second to last game of the season for the Eagles, who will also travel to Pittsburgh for a midweek game on Thursday.