Women’s Soccer Writer
Tomorrow’s matchup between two top 10 women’s soccer teams was supposed to be the battle of unbeatens in Chestnut Hill. Instead, both Maryland and Boston College were handed their first losses of the season prior to the showdown.
Maryland (9-1-1, 1-1-1 ACC) fell to a mediocre Virginia Tech team in Blacksburg by the score of 1-0. The Lady Terps never controlled the game and couldn’t match Tech’s aggressiveness. Boston College, (9-1-1, 2-1-0 ACC) on the other hand, lost a thrilling overtime ACC game to the highly ranked Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville 3-2. The Wahoos clawed back from a 2-1 deficit and scored the game winner in the 96th minute.
The #2 Eagles posses a deadly attack which is outscoring opponents 32 to 8; they average 2.91 goals a game. They are led by sophomore Victoria DiMartino, who leads the ACC with 11 goals. She has put up incredible numbers thus far this season, including seven games where she has scored multiple goals. DiMartino is complemented by fellow sophomore Kristen Mewis, who has scored six times this season. Junior goalie Jillian Mastroianni is one of the best in the nation and has five shutouts this year.
However, the Terps attack is nothing to scoff at. Even though they are slightly behind BC in outscoring opponents (31-10), they do possess an impressive 3.10 goals per game, while their defense holds opponents to 1.00 goal per game. Maryland plays with a balanced attack that has allowed seven Terps to score at least two goals. In Blacksburg, the Hokies shutdown Jasmyne Spencer, which allowed Caitlin McDowell and Sade Ayinde to get plenty of chances to score; this week, however, they will have to convert.
Terp’s Record: 9-1-1 (1-1-1)
Opponent: Boston College Eagles 9-1-1 (2-1-0)
Location: Newton, MA
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Prediction: I think the road woes for #8 Maryland will continue and #2 Boston College will get the win at home. But it will be closer than people think; McDowell scores the loan goal in a 2-1 loss.