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Eagles Head to Final Four, Face Stanford

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By Reid Oslin | Chronicle Staff
Published: Dec. 2, 2010
The Boston College women’s soccer team will face No. 1 ranked Stanford in the semifinal round of the NCAA College Cup championships tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in Cary, NC.

The Eagles (17-6-1) defeated University of Washington 1-0 in an overtime contest last Friday at the Newton Campus field to earn a spot in the Final Four, marking the farthest advance of any BC soccer team in NCAA championship play.

Senior Hannah Cerrone of Wappingers Falls, NY, scored on a corner kick with 4:46 remaining in the first overtime session to provide the margin of victory against Washington. Eagles’ goaltender Jillian Mastroianni, a junior from Durham, Conn., made two key saves late in the extra period to preserve the victory, and finished with five stops in the game.

Tomorrow’s national semifinal game will be televised live on ESPN2/ESPNU.

Advancing to the Division I championship game on Sunday will be no easy task for the Eagles, as Stanford is unbeaten with a record of 22-0-2 on the season. However, BC pinned one of those ties on the Cardinal in a thrilling 1-1 double-overtime game at the Newton pitch on Aug. 20.

The winner of the BC-Stanford game will play the winner of Friday’s other semifinal game, Notre Dame vs. Ohio State (4 p.m.), in the national championship game on Sunday at noon. The title game will be televised on ESPN2.