The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team travels up to Chestnut Hill, Mass. this Sunday to take on Boston College, and they're expecting a challenge.
Senior goalkeeper Dayle Colpitts is eager to face the Eagles and expects a close game.
“Every time we play BC it’s a really competitive game,” Colpitts said. “Traditionally they are very good and we are always excited to play them.”
The Hokies are coming into the game off a win against Maryland that brought their record to 7-1-1.
This game in Chestnut Hill is the second of four straight road games for Tech. Head coach Chugger Adair said that the team has to battle through the travel and take what ever wins they can get.
“It is important for us to get off to a good start," he said. "It is our first real road trip in the conference. Taking any points on the road is going to good, three points, one point, whatever we can do. We are going to fight and scratch and have a mentality that we are going to be road warriors.”
Tech is 2-7-2 overall against the Eagles and have lost in their last two meetings. In the last two games, the Hokies lost due to last-minute goals by BC.
Adair says that the team has learned a lot from those losses.
“BC is a good team, very good tradition and feisty - those teams stick around and stay in games no matter what the score is,” Adair said. “So, we have to play a solid 90 minutes and not take any minutes off.”
The Hokies are looking very strong this year and while Boston College has a handful of losses already.
Tech’s defense has been excellent so far, despite losing some seniors last year.
The new starters in the back field, Danielle King, Jodie Zelenky and Taylor Antolino, have meshed well with returning starter Jordan Coburn.
They've helped the team already record three shutouts this season and have only allowed seven goals in nine games.
The defense is led by goalie Colpitts, who broke the school’s shutout record after beating Syracuse 3-0.
Colpitts gives the credit to the strong defenders she has played with at Tech.
“A lot of credit goes to the players around me for the last four years,” Colpitts said. “I have been able to play with some of the best defenders that I ever have. I think it is just a testimony to how the program has grown in recent years and we have been able to get a lot of shut out because of that.“
The Hokie’s offense has also been impressive so far. While injured forward Shannon Mayrose, who was excellent for the Hokies last season, is still out she is predicted to be back in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, other players have been stepping up offensively.
Seven different players have scored for the team. Senior Jazmine Reeves leads the team with six goals, while sophomore Ashley Meier and freshman Murielle Tiernan are right behind her with five goals each.
Opposite the Hokies, BC is coming into Sunday’s game after a tough game against No. 1 Virginia.
The Eagles have a relatively young team after losing their all-time leading scorer, Kristie Mewis, last season.
However, they are 27-9-5 at home since 2010 and should not be overlooked.
BC’s players to watch this game will be sophomore McKenzie Meehan, who leads the Eagles with six goals this season, and junior Stephanie McCaffrey, who is third in the ACC in assists per game.
But the Eagles may be weak defensively. Jessica Mickleson, BC’s starting goalkeeper, only has a save percentage of .600, which is low compared to most Division 1 goalkeepers.
Regardless of who wins, this game will surely impact ACC standings later in the season when the tournament rolls around.
Kickoff will be at 1 p.m. on Newton Campus Soccer Field.