Sept. 20, 2014
The Boston University women's soccer team came out on top again, defeating Navy 1-0 in a rematch of the 2013 Patriot League Championship game on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson field. The Terriers (5-3-1, 1-0-0 PL) opened this year's conference schedule with a win against the Midshipmen (3-3-3, 0-1-0 PL), who defeated them in the Patriot League opener last season, BU's one blemish on its 2013 conference record.
The win snapped a three-game skid where the Terriers went 0-2-1 to finish the bulk of their out-of-conference matches.
The Terriers broke the scoreless affair mid-way through the second half when Lauren MacLellan served a ball from the left side that Jenna Fisher was able to get a head on and send past Navy's goalkeeper in the 60th minute. MacLellan sent it in front of the goal from the left edge of the 18-yard box where Fisher was waiting to tip it in.
Neither team gained much of an advantage throughout the first half though each had a couple of chances throughout the period. Ana Cuffia had two good looks early when a header hit the goal post and a shot taken off a corner kick was saved in the sixth and seventh minutes.
Navy responded midway through the first when Caprice Kelty had two shots hit the crossbar within 12 seconds of each other, but Alyssa Parisi, who earned her third win and first shutout of the season, was able to control the ball off the bounce to prevent a Navy goal. The teams finished even in almost every offensive category, with each taking four shots and getting one on target throughout the first 45 minutes.
The Terriers dominated the second half, sending five shots on net and limiting the Mids to just two total shots. After scoring in the 60th minute, Fisher nearly headed in another one but Navy's Dayton Wetherby made an excellent save to prevent a two-goal deficit for Midshipmen.
In the final four minutes, Cuffia made another pair of tries at the net when she twice beat the defender to go one on one with the Navy goalkeeper. The first time she was able to shoot it before the goalie got her hands on it but the ball went just wide of the goal. Less than two minutes later she took a hard shot at the goal but it was punched over the crossbar and the game would end in a 1-0 BU victory.
Boston University finishes its five-game homestand next weekend when the Terriers host Army on Saturday at 1 p.m. on Nickerson Field.