Women’s soccer falls to BU, 1-0 in double overtime

Mike Puzzanghera, editor-in-chief

Northeastern suffered a heartbreaking loss against crosstown-rivals Boston University Thursday night, conceding a second-overtime goal to BU’s Geo Pereira and falling 1-0.

NU (2-4) supplied most of the early pressure at Nickerson Field, with two early attempts hitting the post of the BU (1-5-1) goal. A scramble saw an NU shot hit off the post and bounce out before the ball came to senior forward Olivia Ware inside the box. Ware took a touch to set up a shot on her right foot and aimed for the top right corner, but the shot hit off the outside of the post and bounced away from danger.

Chelsea Domond carried the Northeastern attack for much of the first half, using her explosive pace to beat defenders and create chances. The junior forward beat two defenders to get to the endline before cutting back onto her left foot and whipping a cross to Kayla McCauley at the back post in the 22nd minute. BU goalkeeper Morgan Messner got in front of McCauley’s shot to make the save.

BU finally amounted a stretch of possession before the end of the half, but their offensive chances remained limited to long shots at the NU goal, all of which redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Megan Adams dealt with quite easily.

As a whole, the first half was controlled by Northeastern. They outshot BU 9-3 and generated multiple chances from their six corners.

NU started the second half strong, with Domond creating a chance for Halle McCabe within the first minute of the period. Domond put in an early cross from the right, giving McCabe time to make her run and get a shot away, but it was saved by Messner.

Ware got a shot away late in the half, running onto a long through ball and finding space in the BU box. Her shot from the left side was saved comfortably by Messner, keeping the game scoreless.

Another NU corner gave Ware an opportunity to win it with just over a minute left in the game, but her shot was cleared off the line by BU’s Chloee Sagmoe.

The start of overtime saw BU’s Shannon Keefe break through NU’s backline and run through on goal, ripping a shot towards the left post that trickled wide.

Keefe created another chance to win it for BU with less than a minute remaining in the first overtime. She found space down the left and rifled a shot low at the NU goal. Adams was equal to it, however, getting down to make the save and sending the game into a second overtime.

The Husky defense was finally broken by Pereira just over a minute into the second overtime. After beating one defender, the freshman lined up a shot from outside the 18 and lasered it into the top right corner, beating Adams and giving BU their first win of the year.

NU will be back at Parsons Field Sunday to face off against San Francisco (4-2).