BOSTON – Thanks to a pair of second-half strikes, including freshman and East Longmeadow native Christina Wakefield’s first collegiate goal, the Boston University (BU) women’s soccer team erased a 1-0 halftime deficit and defeated No. 19 Boston College (BC), 2-1, on Aug. 24 at Nickerson Field.
BC grabbed the early advantage off its first corner kick of the contest, but BU evened the score eight minutes into the second half on a goal from Longmeadow’s Jenna Fisher.
The Terriers eventually broke through with the game winner when Rachel Blauner beat two defenders and dribbled into the area and sent a perfect ball across the turf for Wakefield, who sped down the right side, met the cross at the right post and finished.
Fisher also tallied the tying goal in the season opener against LaSalle on Aug. 22. With two goals in the first two games, she tied her season total from a year ago and earned Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors.
BU will travel to South Carolina to face the No. 14 Gamecocks on Aug. 29 before also taking on College of Charleston in Columbia on Aug. 31.
Sullivan leads U.S. to Pan Am silver
SPRINGFIELD – Springfield College men’s volleyball head coach Charlie Sullivan guided the U.S. Men's Pan American Team to the silver medal of the IX Men’s Pan American Cup.
After three consecutive three-game sweeps over Columbia, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, Team USA bowed out to Cuba in the gold medal match to finish in second among the nine-team field.
“It truly was a dream come true to have the opportunity to serve as the head coach of Team USA during our time in Mexico,” said Sullivan. “To spend time helping these young athletes prepare to compete on the international stage and as professional volleyball players was an unforgettable experience.”
The United States National Team will now compete in the World League next summer, hoping to repeat as champions after claiming the title this year in a victory over Brazil.
AIC football tabbed first in NE-10 preseason poll
SOUTH EASTON – The American International College (AIC) football team was picked to finish first in the 2014 Northeast-10 Coaches’ Poll announced by the league on Aug. 24.
The defending champion Yellow Jackets received nine first place votes and 81 total points overall. New Haven edged out 2013 NE-10 Championship finalists Stonehill by a single point, earning 68 points, while the Skyhawks earned one first place vote, 67 overall.
AIC kicks off their title defense Thursday, Sep. 4 at Assumption. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.
WSU women’s soccer picked first in MASCAC poll
WESTFIELD – The Westfield State Owls have been picked to win the 2014 Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s soccer championship as selected by the coaches from around the league.
The Owls, who earned six of seven first place votes for 48 points, return several of their players from the 2013 squad, including MASCAC All-Conference honorees Ashleigh Chretien, Sarah Sypek, Katy Knight and Melissa Kulik. Sypek finished the season with 26 points on 18 goals and two assists while Chretein netted 11 points on two goals and seven assists.