Women's Soccer To Host No. 2 Stanford on Friday Night
Aug 22, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
Game 1: No. 2 Stanford at Boston College
Game Time: 7 p.m. (ET)
Live Stats: www.bceagles.com
The Boston College women's soccer team will open the season on Friday, August 23 against No. 2 Stanford at 7 p.m. at the Newton Soccer Field. Admission is free for all of the Eagles regular season home games.
BC head coach Alison Foley enters her 17th season at the helm and has led the Eagles to 12 NCAA Tournament berths, a College Cup in 2010 and six Sweet 16 appearances. Coach Foley will have to replace two of the most talented players to play in the program with the departure of Kristen Mewis and Victoria DiMartino. Mewis is the all-time leading scorer in program history, while DiMartino finished third.
The Eagles do return last year's second leading scorer in Stephanie McCaffrey. The junior forward finished with 10 goals and seven assists for 27 points. An All-ACC second team selection last year, McCaffrey is expected to draw most of the attention from opponents. Another strong threat offensive will be sophomore McKenzie Meehan, an All-ACC Freshman Team honoree. She had a strong rookie campaign with nine goals and 18 points.
A healthy Gibby Wagner will also add to the attack. The senior midfielder provides speedy and an aggressive attacking style to the offense. Junior Rachel Davitt will move from the back line up front along with senior midfielder Patrice Vettori, who is now in the attacking midfield spot. The Eagles also have freshman Hayley Dowd to add punch off the bench.
The midfield will be steady with Wagner, Vettori, senior Kate McCarthy and sophomore Jana Jeffrey returning. Sophomore Madison Meehan, freshman Rosie DiMartino, sophomore Coco Woeltz and Jillian Lutz add depth to the midfield.
Defensively, Casey Morrison, Lauren Bernard and Zoe Lombard are all back. With Davitt moving up to the front, Woeltz, freshman Meg MacDonald and freshman Ashleigh Ward will all see time in the back line.
The goalkeeping duties will be split between senior Jessica Mickelson and junior Alexander Johnson. Mickelson played in four games last season, while Johnson is expected to make her debut this season.
BC vs. STANFORD
Stanford leads the overall series, 4-0-2.
This will be the seventh meeting between the two teams in six seasons.
Boston College tied Stanford, 1-1, last season at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium. The tie halted a 51-game unbeaten streak by the Cardinal on their home field.
In 2011 the two teams played in the NCAA Tourney. Stanford defeated BC, 2-0, at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium on the campus of Stanford University. BC defeated California on PK's to advance to play then No. 1 Stanford in the Sweet 16 round.
The Eagles are 3-4-4 vs. Pac-12 teams. The four losses are to Stanford, while the wins are against Arizona State in 1998, Oregon State in 2008 and Washington in 2010.
The Eagles received votes in the NSCAA preseason poll.
In the Bennett Rankings, Boston College is 11th in the preseason poll.
BC is No. 22 in the TopDrawerSoccer.com preseason poll.
Since arriving at BC, the senior class has compiled a record of 40-21-7.
The class has also been to the NCAA Tournament all three seasons along with the 2010 College Cup as freshmen.
HOME SWEET HOME
BC is 25-7-5 in the last three years at home.
Since joining the ACC in 2005, the Eagles have posted a 73-13-11 record at home.
The most games BC has won on home turf in a single season is 14 games in the 2009 season.
With a 212-103-32 record at Boston College, Coach Foley has won more games than any other women's soccer coach in program history.
Freshman defender Ashleigh Ward is the first foreign player on the BC roster since Laura George '05 graduated. Ward is from New Zealand. George, a defender, is now a member of the French National team.
BC's next home game is Sunday, August 25 as the Eagles host Boston University at 3 p.m.