8/18/07 - 7:05 PM - Newton Soccer Field - Boston College - Newton, MA
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It was just a scrimmage, but a few factors turned up the interest level over at Newton field tonight: it was the first game of the season, of course, and a chance to get the juices flowing again; it was a matchup of two of the top ten teams in the country and the top two teams in the Northeast; and it was an old-time Big East rivalry, BC vs. UConn.
Although you can't glean much from a scrimmage in August, UConn seemed to back up the notion that they are slightly ahead of BC at this point. The game wasn't woefully unbalanced, but UConn controlled it for the most part en route to a 2-0 win.
Karyn Riviere scored off a corner kick in the 12th minute. In the 48th minute, Meghan Schnur put the game away with a nice 20+ yard, right-footed blast into the top right corner.
On the bright side for BC, Gina DiMartino was by far the best player on the pitch for either team and she tooled on several UConn defenders in the 2nd half. Unfortunately, she could not break through and put one in, although she came close a few times.
#7 for BC caught my eye with lightning-quick speed and excellent touch playing up top in the first half. She was also solid playing on the left wing in the 2nd half. I wondered why I didn't recognize her, and I just got my answer: she's a freshman, Amy Caldwell, from Braintree, MA - one of BC's many talented freshmen.
Hannah Cerrone, another freshman, had an excellent game defensively.
BC has one more scrimmage next Saturday against Maine before the season starts in earnest against CCSU on August 31.
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