CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Texas Tech (4-1-0) was handed its first loss Saturday night by Boston College, 1-0, despite maintaining strong control over possession and outshooting the now 6-0-0 Eagles 19-8.
"Soccer can be a cruel game, and there is no doubt that statistically we had the advantage in every category," said head coach Tom Stone. "I thought we were ferocious all the way to the end, but where BC deserves credit was they held on in the end and scrambled and battled and blocked a lot of shots."
The Red Raiders trailed at halftime for the first time this season after a 10th-minute corner resulted in a header that made it to the back of the net. The corner from Boston College sophomore Sam Coffey found the head of Gianna Mitchell in the middle of a crowded box.
Both before and after the score, however, there was no sign of quit in the Red Raiders.
They went on to dominate possession through the rest of the first 45 minutes, rattling off six shots over the ensuing 25 minutes. Tech's 10 first-half shots were spread over five Red Raiders. Jade King and Charlotte Teeter each tallied three, while Ally Griffin had two of her own.
Griffin ended up with perhaps the clearest look of the first half when a shot from King deflected off an Eagles defender and landed at the feet of Griffin. With nobody between her and net but pressure closing in fast, Griffin ripped a shot that ended up right at the keeper. Earlier, Griffin raced down the left side and dropped a perfect pass to a crashing Teeter, but the freshman's open header sailed high.
Despite going into the locker room down for the first time this season, the Red Raiders came out with even more momentum, determined to even the score.
"At halftime, we just told them the things they did well, which was beating them to most every loose ball," Stone said. "Aside from West Virginia, no team has leaned on us physically more than this team did, and so we had to adjust to see if we could still possess the ball under that physical pressure. We were pleased with that."
The second half looked much like the first, with Tech setting the pace of the game but not quite being able to find the net. Red Raider sequences developed until the box, with Tech taking nine more shots in the second 45 after peppering the Boston College keeper with 10 in the first. Seven Red Raiders tallied multiple shots, and five put one on net.
The next step in Tech's non-conference schedule is a two-game home stand with Florida International and Oregon State. To Stone, learning to bounce back after a first loss is critical to how a team sets itself up for the rest of the season. He is confident that the blend of veteran and rookie players will use the challenge as an opportunity to grow stronger.
"I think this is their chance to reflect a little bit," he said. "I thought the young players had some pretty big moments, but I think they also had some pretty big eyes in those moments. The vets are certainly disappointed by the result, but I don't think anyone can be discouraged by the level that we played at tonight."
Tech's home stand begins Sept. 7, which will be Senior Night. Tickets for either match can be purchased here. First touch is scheduled for 7 p.m., with ceremonies taking place prior.