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No. 7 Women's Soccer Prepares For No. 2 Stanford




Aug. 19, 2010

Chestnut Hill, Ma - The No. 7 Boston College women's soccer team will open the 2010 regular season on Friday, August 20 as the Eagles will host No. 2 Stanford at 7 p.m. at the Newton Soccer Field. Admission is free and the gates will open an hour before game time.

This will be the third meeting between the two teams as the Eagles and Cardinal met on August 31, 2008 in Palo Alto, California. Stanford won, 3-0. In the 2009 NCAA Tournament, the two teams met in the quarterfinal with the Cardinal earning a 3-1 victory at home.

PRESEASON RANKINGS:
Boston College women's soccer team was ranked fifth in TopDrawerSoccer.com's preseason poll as announced on Monday, August 16. The Eagles checked in at No. 7 in the NSCAA Preseason Poll, which was announced on August 11. On Wednesday, August 18, Soccer America placed BC at No. 6 in the preseason rankings. BC was one of four ACC teams in the Top 10.

Boston College finished the 2009 season ranked seventh by the NSCAA, TopDrawerSoccer.com and Soccer America. Boston College head coach Alison Foley returns nine starters from last year's team which went 18-4-2 and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. This season Boston College returns nine starters including three Preseason Hermann Trophy Watch List candidates Jillian Mastroianni, Victoria DiMartino, Kristie Mewis.

PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAM:
Junior goalkeeper Jillian Mastroianni and sophomore forward Victoria DiMartino were named to the 25-member Soccer America preseason All-America team as announced on Thursday, August 19. Seven ACC teams were represented with BC and North Carolina placing two student-athletes on the list. FSU, Maryland and Virginia each had a player on the list.

PRESEASON EXHIBITION:
BC defeated the Huskies, 4-0, on Saturday, August 14 at at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in the only exhibition of the preseason. The Eagles were led by sophomore Maddie Payne, sophomore Kristie Mewis, senior Brooke Knowlton and freshman Mary Wagner. In the match BC started - Jillian Mastroianni, Hannah Cerrone, Natalie Crutchfield, Alaina Beyar, Alyssa Pember, Chelsea Regan, Kristie Mewis, Amy Caldwell, Julia Bouchelle, Victoria DiMartino and Brooke Knowlton.

CHECK IT OUT:
ESPN'S Graham Hayes wrote a feature on the emergence of the BC women's soccer team. To read the article go to http://sports.espn.go.com/boston/columns/story?columnist=hays_graham&id=5469165.

CORNER KICKS:
Seniors Hannah Cerrone and Chelsea Regan will serve as the team captains this season ... This was the first season BC had three players on the roster named to the Hermann Trophy Preseason Watch List. The three players - Jillian Mastroianni, Kristie Mewis and Victoria DiMartino - gives BC five consecutive seasons of placing a player named to the Watch List. Mastroianni is a two-time honoree while Gina DiMartino `10 was a three-time candidate ... There are six seniors on the roster this season. Defender Hannah Cerrone is the only one to have started in every game since arriving at The Heights in Sept. 2007 ... Senior Brooke Knowlton, a forward, has played in 67 career games and started 55 since 2007. She leads the senior class in scoring with 22 goals, seven assists for 51 career points, which is 12th on the all-time scoring list ... Junior Jillian Mastroianni set a new program record with 14 shutouts last season. She is second on the all-time list with 24 career shutouts. The record is held by Courtney Schaeffer `01 with 37 shutouts ... Last season Victoria DiMartino was the third leading scoring freshman in the country with 34 points (14 goals, 6 assists).

THE COACH:
Alison Foley is in season 14 as the head coach of the Boston College women's soccer program. Foley has led the team to nine NCAA Tournaments, seven consecutive appearances. Last season the Eagles earned a share of the ACC Regular Season Championship and advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 1980's. Foley also led the team to the program high of 18 victories and has a winning percentage of 61 percent in the ACC. Since joining the ACC, Foley's team has posted a winning percentage of 69 percent.

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