Terriers kick off new season with tough stretch of fixtures

Junior McKenna Kennedy in a Nov. 4 game against Lehigh University. Kennedy enters this season as the last upperclassmen defender. MADDIE MAHOLTRA/ DFP FILE

Following a scoreless streak in their first three games and a loss in their home-opener against Michigan State University, Boston University women’s soccer will go back on the road to New Jersey Thursday to face off against Princeton University. 

The Terriers (0-3-1) will then continue with their non-conference games when they face the University of Connecticut (2-1-1) on Sunday.

The team has had a rough stretch of games opening the season with all of them being on the road and against out-of-conference opponents. 

On Aug. 22, the Terriers officially kicked off their season with a game against the University of Denver (3-0-1). After regulation and two overtimes, neither team could score and the game ended in a 0-0 tie with Boston outshooting the Pioneers 8-7.

BU continued their road trip in Colorado and faced off against the University of Colorado Boulder on Aug. 25. The Buffs (4-0-1) scored one goal in each half on open-look opportunities en route to a 2-0 win over the Terriers. Colorado’s defense proved tough against BU, who only managed one shot on goal all game.

The Terriers then came back to Boston and continued their road trip down Commonwealth Avenue in Chestnut Hill where they faced Boston College (4-0-0). The Eagles began striking early, scoring two goals within the first 15 minutes of the first half to jump to a 2-0 lead. BU would be shut out for a second straight game en route to a 3-0 victory for BC.

After the three-game road trip, BU returned home to play their home-opener against Michigan State (4-0-0). After not scoring any goals in the first game of the season, sophomore midfielder Taylor Kofton scored the Terriers’ first goal of the season against the Spartans in the second half.

With just over five minutes remaining in regulation, Michigan State equalized the score. Spartan forward Paige Webber knocked the ball on the top left corner of the goal on a header shot. The score would remain tied going into overtime.

It took two overtimes for a winner to be decided, with each team attempting three shots in the 30 minute overtime duration. The Spartans would ultimately have one of those three shots get past junior goalkeeper Amanda Fay.

Head coach Nancy Feldman acknowledged after the game BU has had a tough stretch of non-conference opponents in the first four games of the season.

“We’re getting better every game, we’ve been making progress,” Feldman said. “For most of the game we played the way we wanted to play … the game we needed to play to be successful got away from us.”

The Terriers will be up against another stern test against the reigning Ivy League champions, Princeton University on September 5th in New Jersey, before hitting the road again for their game against The University of Connecticut in Hartford. 

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