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ACC Action Begins For Women's Soccer




Sept. 11, 2013

Chestnut Hill, Mass. -

BC vs. Pittsburgh

WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 12

TIME: 7 p.m.

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The Boston College women's soccer team will open up ACC play this week as the team heads to Pittsburgh (4-1-1) to play the Panthers on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. The game will be aired on ESPN3.

The Eagles are coming off a 1-0 victory over No. 21 Ohio State Thursday. BC sophomore McKenzie Meehan scored the game-winner off a corner kick with 10 minutes left to play. It gave BC a two-game win streak and helped the team improve to 3-2 on the season.

BC will hit the road for a two-game ACC road trip. BC will play at Pittsburgh on Thursday night, followed by Sunday's match at Clemson (2-1-2). BC's next home match will be on Thursday, September 19 as the Eagles host No. 2 Virginia (6-0-0). Admission is free and the match will begin at 7 p.m.

BC vs. Pitt

The Eagles will open up ACC play on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Pittsburgh. The two teams have not played since the 2004 season. The Eagles and Panthers first game took place on October 11, 1997 with BC earning a 2-0 victory. The Eagles have a 5-0 edge in the overall series against Pittsburgh. There is also a 12-2 goal differential between the two teams. Currently, BC is averaged 1.80 goals per game and is 11th in the ACC in goals scored, while Pittsburgh is averaging 1.17 gpg., good enough for 12th in the conference. Pittsburgh has taken 100 shots this season, while BC has released 75 shots. Defensively, the Panthers have only allowed three goals to eight the Eagles have let up.

BC vs. Clemson

BC will continue on the road and head to Clemson, South Carolina to play the Tigers on Sunday, Sept. 15. The Eagles are 6-1-1 vs. the Tigers. Last season, Boston College defeated Clemson, 5-1 at home behind two goals by Kristie Mewis. McKenzie Meehan and Zoe Lombard each tallied a goal in the win.

Road Warriors

This two-game road trip is the first swing through ACC action. This trip BC will go from Pittsburgh to Clemson. After a three-game home stand, BC will play at NC State on Sept. 29 and at FSU on October 3. The Eagles big road trip will take place in mid-October when BC is at CCSU on October 16, at Miami on October 20, followed by a Thursday night game at Notre Dame. The four-game road trip will end at Maryland on Sunday, October 27.

The Polls

• The Eagles were selected eight in the ACC preseason poll.

• Boston College is receiving votes in the NSCAA poll.

• In the Bennett Rankings, Boston College is 30th.

• BC is No. 24 in this week's TopDrawerSoccer.com poll.

• CollegeSportsMadness.com has the Eagles at No. 22 this week.

Senior Class

• The senior class consists of captains Gibby Wagner, Patrice Vettori and Kate McCarthy, along with goalkeeper Jessica Mickelson, midfielder Jackie Vaccari and senior defender Zoe Lombard.

• Since arriving at BC, the senior class had compiled a record of 40-21-7, prior to the start of the season.

• 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 27-9-5 since the 2010 season.

• Since joining the ACC in 2005, the Eagles have posted a 75-15-11 record at home. Against ACC teams, BC is 23-11-4 at home since joining the conference.

• The most games BC has won on home turf in a single season is 14 games in the 2009 season.

Eagles in The Pros

• Boston College had two players drafted the 2013 Draft for the New Women's Soccer League this past year.

• Kristie Mewis became the Eagles' highest draft pick ever when she was selected by FC Kansas City with the third overall selection. She played and started 20 games and notched one goal.

• Mewis is also a member of the US Women's National team. She has earned seven caps and has one goal and one assist. Her first career goal came on June 15 in a 3-1 win against Korea Republic at Foxboro Stadium.

Victoria DiMartino was selected in the third round by the Western New York Flash. She finished the season with two goals and one assist and played in 12 games.

Corner Kicks

• Senior Stephanie McCaffrey is second in scoring for BC with two goals and five assists for nine points. McCaffrey is second in the ACC in assists and second in shots per game (4.40). A native of Winchester, Mass., McCaffrey has the ACC's single game-high in points scored in a game this season. She had eight points (two goals, four assists) in the win over Hofstra.

• Sophomore McKenzie Meehan leads Boston College in goal scored. The forward has three game-winning goals this season, including in the last two games. Against Hofstra, Meehan scored the go-ahead goal at the start of the second half and then the game-winner four minutes into overtime. She then scored the game-winner vs. Ohio State with 10 minutes left in the match. Meehan is tied at fourth place in goal scored (five goals) in the ACC. In 25 career goals, Meehan has scored 14 goals for the Eagles.

• Junior Alexandra Johnson started her first career game in a 1-0 victory over No. 21 Ohio State. The Wellesley, Mass. native made four saves and earned her first career shutout. Johnson arrived at BC having been a five-year starter at Nobles & Greenough. She recorded 50 career shutouts and had a goals-against-average of 0.57. She was also named to the All-State team as a junior and senior. • BC has outshot its opponents in the second half, 42-18, this season.

• Freshman Rosie DiMartino is the third DiMartino sister to play at Boston College. Gina DiMartino played at BC from 2006-09, while Victoria DiMartino played from 2009-12. The oldest sister Christina played at UCLA.

• The last time BC started out with two losses five games into a season was in 2001. BC went 1-3-1 to start and finished 11-10-1, advanced to the second round of the Big East Tournament and earned an NCAA berth.

• With a 215-105-32 record at Boston College, Coach Foley has won more games than any other women's soccer coach in program history.

• The last time BC opened up on the road in ACC play was in the 2010 season. The Eagles defeated UNC (3-2), NC State (1-0) and lost to UVA (2-3) on a three-game road trip.

• After the two game road trip, Boston College will be at home for three consecutive games: Virginia (Thursday, Sept. 19), Virginia Tech (Sunday, Sept. 22) and Wake Forest (Thursday, Sept. 26).

• Remember to follow the Eagles on game day at Twitter/@BC_WSOC and go to: www.bceagles.com for game releases and box scores.

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