Sept. 15, 2013
BOSTON - Powered by a goal from freshman Erica Kosienski, the Boston University women's soccer team remained unbeaten at home with a 1-0 victory over Providence on Sunday afternoon at Nickerson Field. The Terriers won their third consecutive game to improve to 5-2-1 on the season while the Friars move to 3-2-2.
The Terriers' defense shut out the visitor for the fifth time this season to move to 4-0-1 at home. It is the first time in program history that BU has gone five consecutive home games without allowing a goal. Senior goalkeeper Andrea Green earned her second shutout of the weekend, and fourth of the season, by making two saves against the Friars.
Kosienski netted the game-winning goal for BU exactly one week after scoring the winning tally against Akron last Sunday. The freshman found the back of the net with an assist from junior Jamie Turchi with three minutes remaining in the first half to give BU a 1-0 lead it held for the remainder of the game.
The Terriers dominated the Friars in terms of shots, as they finished with a 17-4 advantage. BU held Providence to just one shot attempt in the first half. The Terriers also had a 7-2 shots on goal edge and a 5-0 corner kick advantage.
BU was awarded the first corner kick of the game in the third minute which was taken by senior Megan McGoldrick. After several deflections, classmate Emma Clark got a piece of the ball with her head but sent her shot wide of the net. About 10 minutes later, the Terriers had another chance following a foul on the Friars. Senior Kylie Strom took the free kick for BU and blasted the ball towards the net but the ball was too high.
Sophomore Lauren MacLellan tested Providence's Kristyn Shea in the 41st minute which led to a corner kick for BU. Junior Ana Cuffia took the kick for the Terriers and sent the ball wide of the net.
Kosienski's goal came in the 42nd minute as Turchi dished her the ball inside the box while Providence's keeper came up out of the net in attempt to make a stop. Kosienski beat Shea to the ball and juked to her left past the keeper to fire a shot on the empty net and give the Terriers a 1-0 lead.
MacLellan nearly made it a 2-0 game right before the end of the half as she fired a point-blank shot on goal that was punched away by Shea.
The Terriers came out in the second half and continued their offensive pressure at the start with the Friars' defense blocking a pair of shots and recording a save on another attempt by MacLellan.
Providence had a chance with a free kick from just outside the top right of the box with about 33 minutes remaining in the half but Green came out of the net to grab the ball from the air before any of the Friars could make a play on it.
Green's most impressive save came in the 77th minute following a Friars' free kick on the near side. The ball got passed around several times before Allison Walton blasted a shot from the right and Green made a diving save to preserve BU's shutout.
Clark had a pair of chances for the Terriers in the final 10 minutes of action but sent both of her shots wide as BU recorded its second straight 1-0 victory.
Next up for the Terriers is a trip to Annapolis, Md., to face Navy for their first-ever Patriot League game on Friday (Sept. 20). Game time is set for 3:30 p.m.