No. 5 Boston College hands Clemson 5-1 loss in ACC women's soccer opener

Eagles attack relentlessly with 26 shots, 12 corner kicks; Maryland next for Tigers

Women's Soccer - Tabitha Padgett

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Women's Soccer - Tabitha Padgett

NEWTON, MA – The Clemson women’s soccer team fell to unbeaten, fifth-ranked Boston College by a score of 5-1 on the road in Newton, MA on Thursday night.

The Tigers dropped to 5-2-2 (0-1 ACC) with the loss, while the Eagles improved to 6-0-2 (1-0 ACC).

The Eagles scored twice in the first half, on goals by Kristen Mewis and Maddie Payne in the 24th and 31st minute, respectively. Boston College put three more goals on the board in the second half, by Mewis, Zoe Lombard and McKenzie Meehan.

Junior forward Tabitha Padgett put the Tigers on the board at the 72:01 mark. The goal came on a penalty kick following a foul committed by Boston College inside the box. It was the second goal of the year for Padgett, who now has two goals and three assists for seven points on the season to rank second on the Clemson team in scoring.

Boston College controlled the game offensively, recording 26 shots and 12 corner kicks, compared to the Tigers three shots and three corner kicks. Freshman goalkeeper Hunter Rittgers posted seven saves in goal for Clemson and Alexa Gaul recorded one for the Eagles.

“We started the game off fine, but conceded two first half goals that were preventable,” said head coach Eddie Radwanski. “But to be fair, Boston College’s goals were good goals, and their movement up front was very good. They were the better team tonight and deserved to win. We need to learn from this and get ready to play a tough Maryland team.”

The Tigers will play their fourth of four consecutive road games on Sunday, September 16 against Maryland. The game between Clemson and the Terrapins will kick off at 1 p.m. at Ludwig Field in College Park.

Maryland is coming off a 2-1 victory over North Carolina in its home opener on Thursday. In other opening night results, Wake Forest beat Miami 1-0, Florida State was a 1-0 winner over Duke, and Virginia defeated N.C. State 4-0.

Boston College 5, Clemson 1

Game Summary

Goals:

Boston College – Mewis (from Morrison and DiMartino) 23:31

Boston College – Payne (from DiMartino) 30:10

Boston College – Mewis (penalty kick) 54:08

Boston College – Lombard (from Vettori and Mewis) 57:02

Boston College – Meehan (from Davitt) 71:55

Clemson – Padgett (penalty kick) 72:01

Saves – Rittgers (CU) 7, Gaul (BC) 1

Shots – Clemson 3, Boston College 26

Corner Kicks – Clemson 3, Boston College 12

Fouls – Clemson 12, Boston College 10

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