Women’s Soccer: Despite vibrant first half, BU drops home opener to No. 14 Princeton

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By: Akshai Wadhwani

BOSTON, MA  –  For the Terrier women, Sunday afternoon was a tale of two halves.

In the first half of their home opener, BU attacked No. 14 Princeton’s net with ten shots, forcing six saves out of visiting goalkeeper Natalie Grossi and ringing the crossbar via sophomore Anna Heilferty.

The second forty-five, by contrast, saw the Terriers manage just two attempts, with the only effort on target resulting in a comfortable catch for the Tigers’ goalie. And, in the end, the drop in offensive pressure gave Princeton enough breathing room to net the game’s only goal in the 52nd minute and win the match, 1-0.

In the Tiger’s decisive strike, forward Mimi Asom settled a throw-in from the left side with her back to goal, shielded the ball from her defender, then swiveled and slid a shot underneath an outstretched Morgan Messner and into the bottom left corner.

The Terriers had their opportunities to put more shots on target, including eight corners and a number of free kicks within range of the Princeton penalty box. Those opportunities ultimately went begging, as they dropped their fourth straight fixture and first home match in almost a year (last home loss: September 8, 2017 vs. Marquette).

Heilferty, a sophomore, led the Scarlet and White with three shot attempts. Senior Julianna Chen mustered two efforts on frame, and seven other Terriers contributed shots.

On the defensive end, senior center back Royce Light has now made two straight appearances alongside McKenna Kennedy after playing second fiddle to freshman Lily Perryman in the first two matches of the season—a sign that head coach Nancy Feldman has perhaps opted to prioritize experience in nailing down her new starting center back pair.

Next Up: The Terriers will haul their bags across Kenmore Square to face off against Northeastern at Parson’s Field on Thursday. The match will kick off at 6 p.m.

Author: awadhwanwtbu

Akshai is currently a sophomore in the College of Communication at Boston University. He is excited to be returning to WTBU for his second year after covering men's and women's soccer and women's ice hockey, as well as fulfilling a lifelong dream of participating in sports commentary, as a freshman. Akshai's favorite play-by-play and color commentators are Arlo White, Graeme Le Saux, Lee Dixon, Ian Darke, Steve McManaman, Ernie Johnson Jr., and Joe Buck. His favorite pundits are Robbie Earle, Robbie Mustoe, Kyle Martino, Gary Neville, and Jamie Carragher. His favorite hobbies related to sports include keeping up with the Premier League, playing FIFA 17, and watching spectacularly failed slam dunk attempts on YouTube.

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