Women's Soccer Opens Up Against Colgate
Aug. 21, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
The Boston College women's soccer team will open up the 2014 season on Friday night against Colgate. The game will be played at Harvard University's Soldiers Field Stadium at 8 p.m. Admission is free for all fans.
The Eagles are coming off a successful 2013 campaign as they advanced to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament. The Eagles run in the tournament included a, 2-0; win over Northeastern in the first round. BC played the second and third round games at Nebraska. In the first game, BC defeated then 10th-ranked Huskers, 4-1, behind a goal and assist from Lauren Bernard. Next up was Big Ten foe Illinois and Boston College earned a, 4-1, victory behind goals from Gibby Wagner, Lauren Bernard, McKenzie Meehan and Hayley Dowd. The tournament run ended as the Eagles lost against another ACC foe, Florida State in the Elite Eight.
BC returns a good core of student-athletes who logged a lot of time last season. Senior goalkeeper Alexandra (Alex) Johnson returns as she eventually won the starting positions early in the 2013 season. She played in 17 games and went 10-5-0 last season. The Eagles have two freshman goalkeepers on the roster - Darien Dunham from Durham, Connecticut and Alexis Bryant from Kensington, Maryland.
The defense will have some new faces as juniors Lauren Bernard and Coco Woeltz are the only returning defenders. Bernard, who scored her first career goal vs. Stanford in the season opener, played some midfield last season and possibly will move into that slot. Woeltz started every game in the back but could move up to the midfield if needed. Madison Meehan started the season at midfield but will be a central defender due to a season-ending injury to senior Casey Morrison. By Meehan's side will be two rookies - Allyson Swaby and Madison Kenny, who had both played well in preseason.
A familiar last name is still on the roster, DiMartino. Sophomore Rosie DiMartino is a crafty central midfielder who will take over for Kate McCarthy, who held the spot for the last three seasons. DiMartino has been solid and provides the toughness and all-around field awareness needed at the midfield position.
Junior Jana Jeffrey returns after missing a number of games at the end of the 2013 season with an injury. Jeffrey plays a physical game, which is much-needed in ACC play. Other midfielders include sophomore Meg MacDonald, who can also play in the back, as well as senior Emily Hoffend and sophomore Jillian Lutz.
The Eagles offense will be built around the talents senior Stephanie McCaffrey and sophomore Hayley Dowd. McCaffrey had a solid summer as she competed at two US Under-23 National Team camps. Dowd is very skilled and gives the Eagles a little physical play up front.
Sophomore Andrea O'Brien battled minor injuries last season but is fit and ready to contribute on the offensive end. The Eagles leading scorer from the 2013 season McKenzie Meehan will not play this season due to a season-ending injury.
BC vs. Colgate
Boston College leads the overall series vs. Colgate, 3-2. The two teams last played in 2011 with Boston College earning a 4-0 victory. Kristie Mewis had two goals and an assist while Patrice Vettori had a goal and an assist.
In The Polls
The Eagles finished the 2013 season ranked 19th in the NSCA Poll after making run to the round of eight in the NCAA Tournament. The NSCAA Preseason Poll has the Eagles in the same spot at No. 19 ... Soccer America ranked BC in the 12th spot while www.BennettRank.com has the Eagles at No. 19.
Senior Stephanie McCaffrey, senior Alexandra Johnson and junior McKenzie Meehan will serve as the team captains this season ... Head Coach Alison Foley enters her 18th season at Boston College. She is the winningest head women's soccer coach in program history with 225 victories ... Stephanie McCaffrey can creep up the record books with a solid senior season. A native of Winchester, McCaffrey is ninth in career goals with 26 and eighth in career points with 71 ... Remember to follow the game action on Twitter/@bc_soc.