Nov. 5, 2012
Chestnut Hill, MA -
The Boston College women's soccer team received a berth into the 2012 NCAA Women's Soccer Tournament for the 16th time in program history and 10th consecutive season. The Eagles (10-7-3) will host Colonial Athletic Conference Champion Hofstra (11-8-2) on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Newton Soccer Field at 7 p.m.
"Certainly, this never gets old. We never take this (an NCAA bid) for granted,'' said BC head coach Alison Foley, who has led the Eagles to 12 of the 16 NCAA tournaments. "We are very happy to be at home and feel we used this layoff in a positive manner. We will be ready to go.''
The Eagles are currently ranked 24th by Soccer Times and have an RPI of 24. Boston College is one of nine teams in the ACC to earn a berth in the 2012 NCAA Tournament. Thirty teams received automatic bids, while 34 teams were at-large selections.
Boston College and Hofstra have a history as the two teams met twice in the 2010 season. The Eagles defeated Hofstra, 5-0, during the regular season. Victoria DiMartino, who is now a senior, had a goal and assist in the win. The second meeting between BC and the Pride was in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. BC picked up a 3-1 victory behind a goal and assist by Kristen Mewis and then-freshman Zoe Lombard's first career goal.
If Boston College advances to the second round, it will play the winner of the Penn State (17-3-1) /LIU Brooklyn (10-7-3) match.
Last season, Boston College hosted Marist in the first round of the tournament. The Eagles advanced with a 6-1 victory over the Red Foxes and then headed west to play California at Cagan Stadium on the campus of Stanford University. The Eagles defeated Cal-Berkley on penalty kicks (0-0, 3-1 PK's). In the Sweet 16, Boston College played then-No.1 Stanford University. The Eagles fell, 2-0, in the match but it was the eighth time in program history that BC advanced to the Sweet 16.
Tickets will be available for purchase at the gate on Friday, November 9 at the Newton Soccer Field. Fans can continue to follow game-updates on Twitter at bc_wsoc.