Nov. 1, 2014LEWISBURG, Pa. – A strong first half offensive performance and excellent goalkeeping down the stretch led to a 2-1 win over Bucknell (9-8-2, 4-4-1 PL) for the Boston University women’s soccer team (12-4-3, 6-1-2 PL) on Saturday afternoon. The win ensures a bye in the quarterfinal round of the Patriot League Tournament for the Terriers, who await the result of the Colgate vs. American game to determine whether or not they will be hosting the Patriot League Championship.
The Terriers came out strong to start the game, controlling possession for the majority of the half. Ana Cuffia was a threat in the opening minutes, placing to shots on goal in the first 12 minutes of play.
Bucknell began to pressure on offense midway through the first half and put together two solid offensive tries. The first set up the Bison in front of the net but a lucky bounce allowed the BU defense to set after a fast break attempt. Bucknell then showed some nice ball movement down the left side but the Terrier defense was able to prevent any shots from being taken.
Alyvia Wimmer was awarded a free kick which she served perfectly into the six yard box but the Buknell goalie grabbed the ball out of the air before the two terriers set up in front of the net could get a head on it.
In the 34th minute, the Terriers used a corner to get on the board and take a 1-0 lead. The service from Lauren MacLellan couldn’t reach the head of a Terrier but BU fixed the broken play when Jamie Turchi prevented Bucknell from clearing by kicking the ball over to Kai Miller, who got a quick touch on it to redirect it into the goal.
BU wasted no time to increase the lead to 2-0,scoring again just three minutes later. Alexandra Cooper passed to Christina Wakefield in the six-yard box, who sent the ball to the far post, which it hit and bounced into the back of the net, ultimately becoming the game-winning goal.
At the start of the second half, Taylor Krebs nearly headed in the first offensive try of the period but it went high over the net. Then, Miller headed a corner attempt wide of the net to keep the Terrier offensive momentum going.
Bucknell finally hit their stride, however and began to test the BU defense. Throughout the second half, the Bison made up for their lack-luster performance in the first half by taking nine shots through the final 45 minutes including three on goal.
One of those shots on goal got past Alyssa Parisi, who was in search of her fourth shutout of the season. In the 67th minute, Bucknell’s Meghan Holtz set herself up at the top of the six yard box, passing back to her teammate so she could get ahead of the defense and score, cutting the Terrier lead to just one goal.
The Bison didn’t stop pressuring for the remainder of the game and it took heroics by the BU defense and Alyssa Parisi to stop Bucknell from tying the game.
Soon after the goal, MacLellan made an excellent defensive move to prevent what would have otherwise required an ambitious save from Parisi.
Parisi made an incredible diving save eight-yards out to stop Bucknell from scorning when a Bison got ahead of the Terrer defense and was one step away from tying the game late in the second half.
Parisi made two more acrobatic saves in the final minute to preserve the BU win.
With this victory, the Terriers don’t have to lace up their cleats again until Friday, Nov. 7 for the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals. Both the site and opponent have yet to be determined.