Goals from Rebecca Jarrett (Washington Township, N.J.) and Claire Constant (Alexandria, Va.) in a four-minute stretch lifted the Cavaliers to the win. Jarrett scored on a counter in the 65th minute, while Constant found the net four minutes later for what proved to be the game-winning goal – her second of the season.
With the win over the Eagles and a combination of other results around the league on Thursday night, the Cavaliers have locked up a berth in the ACC Tournament. Seeding for the tournament has yet to be determined with one day of league play remaining on Sunday (Nov. 1).
“It was a tough opponent and tough conditions today, which is what we expected so we are happy to come away with the result,” said Virginia head coach Steve Swanson. “I thought our second half was very good, but credit Boston College for not giving up and making it extremely challenging for us at the end of the game.”
At the half, the Cavaliers held a 5-to-1 advantage in shots on the Eagles after handling the bulk of the possession for the first half. Despite having control throughout much of the first 45 minutes, it was a scoreless draw at the break.
Virginia got on the board with a quick counter attack following a Boston College corner in the 65th minute. Anna Sumpter (Charlottesville, Va.) played a header out ahead to Alexa Spaanstra (Brighton, Mich.) who took off down the field on the counter. She drove in towards the center of the pitch with Jarrett making a run on her right. Spaanstra slipped a ball ahead through three defenders where Jarrett picked it up in stride and continued into the box. Jarrett drove toward the six and then took her shot, angling the ball in by the near post for the score.
The Cavaliers followed it up with a second goal four minutes later when Constant found the net. A corner kick from the Hoos was headed over to Diana Ordoñez (Prosper, Texas) for the initial shot on the play. It was saved by the Boston College keeper, but deflected to an unmarked Constant inside the six who buried her chance for the 2-0 lead in the 69th minute.
Boston College got on the board in the 83rd minute after a corner kick wasn’t cleared out of the box by the Cavalier defense. The initial header sent the ball out toward the top of the box, but the Eagles’ Emily Knous collected it and fired it back through the defense and in for the score.
The Cavaliers turned away the Eagles over the course of the remaining seven minutes to pick up the 2-1 win.
Virginia will return to action on Sunday (Nov. 1) when the Cavaliers close out the fall regular season at Syracuse. The match is set to begin at noon and will be broadcast on the ACC Regional Sports Networks.