Bears Fall to #16 Boston College, 5-0, in Season Opener
PROVIDENCE, RI - Victoria DiMartino scored her first of two
goals just 2:13 into the game and the Eagles never looked back as
#16 Boston College (3-0-0) earned a 5-0 victory over the Brown
women's soccer team (0-1-0) in the Bears' season opener on Friday
evening at Stevenson Field. For the Eagles, it was their third
straight shutout, as they have outscored their opposition, 12-0, in
their first three games of the year.
DiMartino's goal came after two shot attempts by the Eagles were blocked by the Brown defense. The rebound after the second attempt bounced out to Hannah Cerrone. Cerrone chipped the ball back into DiMartino, who beat senior Brenna Hogue (Concord, CA) to the left side for what would prove to be the game-winning goal.
DiMartino added to BC's lead at 21:47 when she scored an unassisted goal from the top right of the box on an Eagles' restart.
Boston College held an 18-2 advantage in shots following the first 45 minutes, forcing Hogue to make seven saves. Following the break, senior Steffi Yellin (Savannah, GA) replaced Hogue in net for the Bears.
Brown had a great chance to get on the board in the 61st minute when junior Sylvia Stone (Bronx, NY) raced into the box after a lose ball and had BC goalie Jillian Mastroianni out of position, but her one-timer sailed high of the net, as the Bears were kept off the board.
Less than two minutes later, Gina DiMartino buried a feed from her younger sister, Victoria, beating Yellin with a high shot to put the Eagles up by three.
Brown had another golden opportunity to get on the board, but junior Erika Lum's (Hawaii-Kai, HI) shot from outside the box hit the cross-bar, as BC held onto the 3-0 lead. For the second time of the night, the Eagles wasted little time in burying their next chance, as Kristen Mewis chipped her shot from the left side past Yellin, who finished with six saves, just two minutes after Lum's near-score.
Maddie Payne capped the scoring with less than seven minutes remaining when she headed the ball in off a corner kick from Marissa Mello for the 5-0 final.
For the game, BC held a 31-8 advantage in shots and a 5-1 advantage in corner kicks. Brown has a week off before returning to action on Friday, September 11, when the Bears take part in the Arizona Classic against host Arizona at 7:30 p.m. MST. Brown will also face San Diego, currently ranked 12th in the country, on Sunday afternoon, September 13, at the Arizona Classic.