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Hofstra goalkeeper Emily Morphitis makes a save against BC.

Hofstra WSOC Falls 2-0 At BC

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          Release: 11/10/2012
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Newton, MA - Pride junior goalie Emily Morphitis recorded seven saves but Boston College senior midfielder Kristen Mewis recorded a goal and an assist to lead the Eagles to a 2-0 victory over Hofstra in a NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship first round game at the Newton Soccer Field Friday night.

The Pride end their season with a 11-9-2 record. The Eagles of Boston College advance to next week's NCAA Championship second round where they will face the winner of Saturday's LIU-Brooklyn at Penn State contest. BC is now 11-7-3 on the year.

The Pride making their fourth NCAA Championship appearance and meeting the Eagles for the second time in NCAA Championship play after a 3-1 loss to then-18th-ranked team in 2010, faced early pressure from their hosts. In just the second minute, Mewis went in alone on Morphitis, who made a sliding save on the oncoming Eagle.

Boston College got on the board with 33:20 to play in the half as Mewis sent sophomore forward Stephanie McCaffrey in between two Hofstra defenders and a closing Morphitis. McCaffrey sent a little chip over the goalie at the top of the box and into the goal for her 10th tally of the season and a 1-0 lead.

BC had a great opportunity with 16:48 to play in the half as junior midfielder Kate McCarthy fired a shot from just inside the box that Morphitis knocked over the crossbar. Hofstra responded with a blast from outside the box by sophomore forward Caylin Dudley that sailed over the goal in the 35th minute.

Morphitis may have made her biggest save of the game in the final five minutes of the half as BC senior forward Victoria DiMartino, a Long Island native, fired from near the top of the box with the Hofstra goalie forced to make a kick save that kept the score at 1-0 at the intermission. The Eagles outshot the Pride, 9-2 in the first half with Morphitis making four of her seven saves in the first 45 minutes.

Hofstra came out in the second half with more energy and had several good looks at the goal including freshman midfielder Jill Mulholand's shot in the box that was blocked in the 58th minute, a shot from the top of the box from freshman midfielder Jeannine Molleda in the 69th minute that was saved by BC senior goalie Alexa Gaul, and a header by junior Brittany Fariella, off a corner kick, that Gaul grabbed in the 75th minute.

The Eagles increased the pressure with the Pride pressing offensively and scored the insurance goal that they were looking for at the 79:51 mark. The goal started when a BC cross was headed out to near the top of the box by a Hofstra defender. Unfortunately for the Pride, it landed at the feet of Mewis, who fired a shot past Morphitis for her 14th goal of the season.

The Pride had a couple of good runs in the final 15 minutes but the Eagles defense stopped any threat before Hofstra got inside the box to record their fifth shutout of the season. It was Gaul's fourth whitewash of the 2012 season. She finished with four saves in the game including three in the second half.

The Eagles outshot Hofstra, 19-6 in the contest and had eight corner kicks to the Pride's five. BC won for the third time in as many attempts against the Pride.