No. 11 Women's Soccer Opens 2012 Season vs. Providence On Friday
Aug. 16, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
Game 1: No. 11 Boston College vs. Providence
Game Time: 7 p.m.
Live stats: GAMETRACKER
The Boston College women's soccer team will begin the 2012 campaign on Friday, August 17 at 7 p.m. as the Eagles will host Providence College at the Newton Soccer Field. The Eagles are ranked No. 11 in the 2012 NSCAA preseason poll and landed at 18 in Soccer America's preseason poll.
BC returns seven starters on a team that advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament and finished ranked 15th in the NSCAA final poll in December 2011. In the last five years, Boston College is 3-0-2 in season openers.
Last season BC opened versus rival Boston University. The match ended in a draw, 1-1. The Eagles record while at home in season openers since 1995 is 7-3-2. Since 2005, BC is 4-1-2. The only loss was at Boston University in the 2006 season.
The Boston College senior class - Kristen Mewis, Victoria DiMartino, Alicia Blose, Morgan Hiler and Maddie Payne - has compiled a record of 47-17-6 over the last three seasons. The group have been to three NCAA Tournaments, three Sweet 16's, one Elite Eight, one Final Four and was a part of the 2009 ACC Regular Season Championship team.
In 2011 Boston College played just three teams from New England. The Eagles went 2-0-1 in the series with the victories coming against Vermont and Dartmouth. The only blemish was a 1-1 double overtime season opener vs. Boston University.
The Eagles have dominated New England teams. BC is undefeated in the last four years with an impressive 21-0-2 record. The last time the Eagles lost to a team from New England was in 2006 against Boston University in the season opener (1-0). This season Boston College will play three local teams - Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern. BU was ranked 23rd by the NSCAA preseason, while Harvard received votes.
Alison Foley is in her 16th season as the head coach of the Boston College women's soccer program. Foley has led the team to 11 NCAA Tournaments, including nine consecutive appearances.
Foley led BC to its first College Cup (Final Four) appearance in 2010 and in 2009 guided the Eagles to the Elite Eight and a share of the ACC Regular Season Championship. Foley currently has a record of 201-45-29 at Boston College. No other women's soccer coach in the program history has compiled more victories than Foley.
In her 16 years, Foley's teams have posted 12 or more wins in 11 seasons. In the last five years, Foley's team has gone 73-28-12 and her teams have outscored opponents, 206-78.
While at Boston College, Foley has developed a number of dominant players including assistant coach Kia McNeill `07, who played in the now defunct pro league in the states, Russia and Sweden. Other All-American caliber players who thrived under Foley include: Laura Georges `06, a member of the French National Team, was the ACC Defender of the Year in 2006 and a Hermann Trophy semifinalist. Kelly Henderson '10 was also a Hermann Trophy semifinalist and a NSCAA All-American with teammate Gina DiMartino '11 in 2009. Currently, senior Kristen Mewis is a NSCAA All-American, All-ACC first team and a three-time Hermann Trophy watch list honoree and semifinalist in the 2010 season.
The Eagles welcomed a new assistant coach, an old friend, eight freshmen and one transfer into the family this season. Virginia native Maren Rojas joined the program as the head assistant in May 2012. Rojas, who was a goalkeeper at William and Mary, was the head coach at Bowdoin and an assistant at Virginia before arriving at the Heights.
Though she is not new to the program, Maddie Payne has returned to the roster. The senior did not play as a junior and decided to return to the team for her senior season.
Alexa Gaul arrives at the Heights after playing three seasons at Texas. Gaul, a native of Naperville, Illinois, posted a 1.06 goals-against-average in 2011 and went 30-19-8 over her three years at Texas.
The freshman class consists of four local players: Coco Woeltz from Boston, Lauren Bernard from Colchester, Vermont and Madison Meehan and her twin sister McKenzie Meehan from Smithfield, Rhode Island. Other rookies to watch in clude Janna Jeffrey from Richardson, Texas, Emily Armstrong from Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Jillian Lutz from Houston, Texas and Bria Washington from Kennesaw, Georgia.
The Eagles lost six players to graduation - goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni, defenders Alyssa Pember, Alaina Beyar, midfielders Marissa Mello and Julia Bouchelle as well as forwards Stephanie Wirth and . The grads left BC having reached four consecutive NCAA Tournament bids, three Rounds of 16, one Elite Eight and a College Cup. All six were named to the 2011 All-ACC honor roll last week.
Boston College may open up the season at home but will hit the road 10 times, including an early season four-game road trip. After hosting Providence, the Eagles will hit the road for four games with the first road game at UConn in Storrs, Connecticut.
BC will return home to play cross-town rival Boston University on Aug. 26 but then head out west. The Eagles will play the reigning NCAA champion Stanford again this season. BC is schedule to play at Stanford on August 31 and Pacific on Sept. 2.
The Eagles have a mid-season three-game road trip as well on the schedule. It will start with a match on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Harvard, followed by an ACC game at Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC on Thursday, Sept. 20.
BC will then head to Virginia Tech on Sunday, Sept. 23. Things do not get easier for BC as the team will come home for one game and then head to North Carolina to play UNC on Oct. 4 followed by Duke on Oct. 7. After four home matches, Boston College will finish the season on the road at Virginia on Thursday, Aug. 25.
Senior forward Victoria DiMartino needs 11 points to become the all-time leader in program history. The record is 94 set by Sarah Rahko '03. DiMartino needs just 10 goals this season to become the all-time goal scorer in the program. She has 28 goals while the record is held by Morgan Page '01 with 37 goals.
Junior Gibby Wagner is the first junior since Kerri McNicholas '09 to be named a team captain. Wagner had a break-out season in 2011 as she was second on the team in scoring with five goals and four assists for 14 points.
For the first time since joining the ACC in 2005, the Eagles placed a record seven student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic team in 2011. It also marked the first time a BC player was named to the team three times - Julia Bouchelle '12 (08, 10, 11). The team also had 13 players receive the Athletics Director's Award for Academic Excellence in 2011-12. The last time the team placed 13 players on the AD's Award for Academic Excellence was in 2005-06.
Mike LaVigne returns for his 11th straight season as assistant on Alison Foley's staff. LaVigne is credited with starting the women's soccer program at BC in 1979. He led the Eagles for the first of two NCAA appearances in the 80's.
Junior Kate McCarthy, who was the team MVP for the 2011 season, does all the dirty work on the field for the Eagles. She took her talents to the lacrosse team at BC. In the spring of 2012, McCarthy was a walk-on for the lacrosse team and played in all 18 games. She finished the season with three goals, 24 ground balls (second on the team) and 27 draw controls (third on the team).
Head Coach Alison Foley has the most victories in the women's soccer program history with 201 wins.
The incoming freshman - McKenzie and Madison Meehan - will be the first set of twins to play for the BC program since 1995 when Alison and Jessica David were the team captains.
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