We mentioned in our mini-preview on Friday that the women's soccer team's hopes of returning to national prominence this year hinged largely on the health and effectiveness of redshirt junior McKenzie Meehan. After week one, it looks like she'll be just fine. Meehan scored three goals in two games in her return to the Eagles, powering Boston College to a pair of wins in the season's opening weekend.
In Friday's rivalry matchup with BU, Meehan struck early and late to power BC to the win. Meehan put the Eagles on top in the 16th minute, a lead that held up for nearly an hour before BU's Rachel Blauner scored to tie the game in the 73rd. Meehan responded in the 80th minute, scoring off a free kick to push BC to the 2-1 win.
After a quick turnaround, the Eagles traveled to New York to take on Colgate Sunday afternoon. It took a while for BC to break through, with the game remaining scoreless until a 72nd minute penalty kick goal by Hayley Dowd. After that, the floodgates opened, with Andrea O'Brien scoring in the 81st minute before Meehan added the finishing blow in the 84th. The late breakthrough picked up a well-deserved win for BC, who outshot Colgate 17-8 on the day.
With two real wins under their belt plus a preseason victory over the always strong UConn Huskies, the women's soccer team looks to be off and running. Next weekend sees a challenging trip out west. First, BC renews their long-running cross country rivalry with Stanford, facing the Cardinals on Friday in Silicon Valley. Last time BC faced Stanford, they fell 2-1 in overtime in Newton two years ago, the latest in a series of tight matchups between the two. They will follow that game up with a Sunday afternoon match at Pacific.