Boston College Shuts Out Northeastern, 4-0

No. 10 Eagles advance to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.

Nov. 16, 2008

Courtesy Boston College Athletics

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The No. 10 Boston College women's soccer scored three first half goals and never looked back as the Eagles defeated Northeastern, 4-0, in the second round off the NCAA Tournament at the Newton Soccer Field on Sunday afternoon.

Boston College (15-5-2) will now advance to the quarterfinal round next weekend and play the winner of this afternoon's Florida State/Auburn match up.

Freshman forward Stephanie Wirth scored her second goal in two games for the Eagles. Wirth one-timed a pass from Hannah Cerrone to the left of the Northeastern goalkeeper Stephanie Gordon to give BC a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute of the game. Caldwell started the play when she found Cerrone streaking down the sideline.

In the 32nd minute of action, Cerrone broke down the side line off a great pass from Amy Caldwell. Cerrone ran with a NU defender on her side and created enough space to get a low shot to the far post for a 2-0 BC lead. Cerrone had a goal and two assists in the game. She now has two goals and five assists for nine points this season. Senior Brianna Wilson-Byrne gave the Eagles 3-0 lead on a great individual effort. Cerrone switched the point of attack to Wilson-Byrne. The defender carried the ball to just outside the box and fired a shot to the far post for her first goal of the season.

At the half, BC not only held a 3-0 lead, but the Eagles out shot Northeastern, 11-2.

The second half Boston College continued to carry the play. The Eagles would strike in the 72nd minute off a corner kick.

Cerrone sent a low ball towards the top of the box. Senior midfielder Kerri McNicholas settled the ball and ripped a shot to the right of the diving Gordon from just inside the box for a 4-0 BC lead. It was the first goal of the season for McNicholas.

Boston College was led offensively by Amy Caldwell with two assists and Cerrone notched a goal and two assists. Boston College had 18 shots to the Huskies, 4. The Eagles also had six corner kicks to the Huskies one.

The Eagles freshman goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni earned her 10 shut out of the season and improved to 14-5-2 on the season. She had three saves in the match.

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