NEWTON, Mass. – The No. 7 West Virginia women’s soccer team saw its season end in a 4-0 loss against No. 16 Boston College in NCAA Championship play at Newton Campus Soccer Field in Newton, Mass.
The Mountaineers had their school record 14-match win streak end, giving WVU a final record of 18-5-1. The 18 victories tie the 2002 and 2007 teams for most wins in program history.
“You have to credit Boston College for putting the ball in the back of the net,” said coach Nikki Izzo-Brown. “How they move the ball, and their speed of play is fantastic. They are a great team and one I believe will keep on playing in this tournament.”
Boston College netted two first half goals and never looked back. The Eagles move to 16-6-1 on the season to advance to their second straight NCAA Elite Eight. BC awaits the winner of tomorrow’s UC Irvine-Washington contest.
WVU forward Blake Miller nearly put the Mountaineers on the board in the 43rd minute. Miller took a touch inside the box and drove a ball towards the near post that was deflected down by the hand of an Eagle defender with no call made.
"You never want a referee to miss a hand ball in the box, especially in the NCAA tournament,” said Izzo-Brown. “It came at a critical time where a PK could have cut their lead in half. But it is what it is, and you have to play through those things."
The Mountaineers played 80 minutes without starting center back Drea Barklage, while midfielder Caroline Szwed was also limited in the second half, both to hamstring injuries.
“Our defense has been banged up all year and it kind of caught up to us tonight,” said Izzo-Brown. “We never got organized defensively and BC capitalized on it.”
BC forward Brooke Knowlton tallied two goals, one in each half to pace the Eagles offense. Boston College finished with a 16-5 shot advantage and 4-3 corner kick edge.
The Eagles took a 2-0 lead off the foot of Julia Bouchelle at the 31:26 mark. Bouchelle was left wide open in the middle of the box and sent a ball towards the right side of the goal from 15 yards out.
In the 54th minute, WVU midfielder Ashtin Larkin received a pass from Miller and delivered a long range shot toward the left post, bringing BC goalkeeper Jill Mastroianni to her knees to make save.
Mountaineer forward Frances Silva attempted two of WVU’s five shots, including a near goal in the 66th minute on a shot that went inches wide of the left post.
BC's final goal came in the 84th minute on a long blast from leading scorer Victoria DiMartino. WVU goalkeeper Kerri Butler took the angle away and deflected the shot wide as the ball hit the far post and rolled across the goal line for the score.
WVU's Butler worked all 90 minutes, making five saves on the night, while BC's Mastroianni made two stops in the shutout.
West Virginia was kept off the scoreboard for only the sixth time in the program’s 23 NCAA matches.
The contest marked the final game for six WVU seniors: Butler, Larkin, Cassandra Deitrick, Kristen Felice, Sydney Metheny and Megan Mischler.
“Only one team can end its season with a win, and unfortunately it’s not going to be us,” added Izzo-Brown. “It hurts right now but if we take a step back, this team accomplished a lot. We won a (BIG EAST) championship and strung together 18 wins. It’s a special team and I’m proud of every one of them.”