In their home opener last night on Newton Campus, Boston College women’s soccer peppered the Vanderbilt net over and over again - especially in the first half, firing off 13 shots, putting 8 on net, and earning 9 corner kicks.
But the lack of an experienced finisher like McKenzie Meehan was evident, as the Eagles’ chances repeatedly fell by the wayside. BC squandered a 22-5 advantage in shots and a 13-1 edge in corner kicks on the night, falling to a frustrating 1-0 loss that dropped them to 1-2 on the young season.
On the other end, Vanderbilt had basically one great offensive opportunity all day long, and they buried it.
Vandy's Lydia Simmons - a New Hampshire native who brought with her a massive cheering section - identified a speed mismatch as the fleetfooted attacking player Simone Charley burned her way through BC's central defense, tearing in on goal and putting one past Alexis Bryant to give the Commodores a 1-0 lead.
BC continued to dominate possession in the second half but never really got into the attacking rhythm they found in the first half, generating more half-chances than anything.
Even so, and even as Vandy packed players in front of their own net, BC did manage to get off another 5 shots on goal int the second half. Vanderbilt goalie Kaitlyn Fahrmer was up to the task, turning aside every BC chance and helping Vanderbilt hang on to the shutout victory.
Olivia Vaughn and freshman Sam Coffey each put three shots on net in the losing effort.
Additionally, Dutch left back Mijke Roelfsema looked threatening pushing forward into the attack, launching some dangerous balls into the Vanderbilt box and acting as a go-to playmaker when BC looked to set up wide attacks. With her poise on the ball and willingness to venture into opposing territory, be on the lookout for the freshman Roelfsema to break through with high assist totals later this year.
The Eagles need to recover quickly from this defeat as they return to action immediately tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon, taking on Colgate at 1 PM at home.