Women's Soccer Hosts Northeastern Friday Night
Nov. 14, 2013
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
The Boston College (10-9-1) women's soccer team will host Northeastern (6-8-6) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. This is the 17th overall and 11th consecutive time Boston College has advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
BC Head Coach Alison Foley has led BC to 13 NCAA berths, 11 straight and a College Cup in 2010. She has won more games than any other women's soccer coach in program history. She is now 222-112-33 in 17 seasons at Boston College. In 16 of those years, Foley has led BC to 10 or more wins.
Boston College is one of eight Atlantic Coast Conference teams that earned bids to the tournament. Virginia (20-1-0), North Carolina (17-4-0), Virginia Tech (16-4-2) and Florida State (18-1-3) are all No. 1 seeds in the tournament. The other four ACC teams in the tournament are BC, Notre Dame (11-7-1), Duke (8-8-4) and Wake Forest (10-6-2).
Boston College was the sixth seed in the ACC tournament. The Eagles (10-9-1, 6-6-1 ACC) defeated Maryland and Syracuse in the final two regular season games to qualify for the tournament. BC lost to No. 3 UNC, 1-0, in the first round of the tournament.
BC VS. NORTHEASTERN
Boston College and Northeastern last met in the 2012 season as the Eagles earned a 2-0 victory at home. Kristie Mewis and McKenzie Meehan scored in the win. BC had 13 shots on goal to two for NU.
The two teams have played 10 times since the 1998 season and BC leads the series in that span, 8-0-1.
The two teams last played in the NCAA Tournament in the 2008 season. Northeastern defeated Harvard in the first round and then fell to BC, 4-0.
Northeastern was the No. 3 seed in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament. The Huskies knocked off No. 1 seeded James Madison, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon to win their second CAA Championship.
Goalkeeper - Junior, Alex Johnson
BC's RPI is currently 42. The Eagles have played six teams in the Top 25 RPI. Four of those teams are in the Top 10.
BC has played six teams that are currently ranked in the NSCAA Top 25. Four teams - UVA, UNC, V-Tech and FSU - are in the Top 5.
In the Soccer Times Poll, BC has played seven teams in the Top 25, including five teams in the Top 10. BC opened the 2013 season with then-second seeded Stanford.
Junior Stephanie McCaffrey and sophomore McKenzie Meehan have become one of the most dangerous offensive duos in college women's soccer. McCaffrey, a junior from Winchester, Mass., has 12 goals, eight assists for 32 points, while Meehan, a sophomore from Smithfield, RI, has 17 goals, one assists for 35 points.
McKenzie Meehan leads the ACC in goals scored (17) and game-winning goals (7) and second in points scored (35). McCaffrey is right behind her as she has 32 points and is tied for fourth in the ACC in points; goals scored (12) and assists (8).
Senior midfielder Patrice Vettori leads a group of seven players on the roster from Massachusetts. Vettori is a native of Dedham, Mass, whose father, Stephen, is the lead electrician at Boston College.
Junior goalkeeper Alex Johnson did not start the season between the pipes. A native of Wellesley, Mass., Johnson earned her first start in the 1-0 win over Ohio State on Sept. 5. She then played half game in a 3-0 win over Pittsburgh on Sept. 12 before taking over the starting job on Sept. 22 vs. V-Tech. Johnson's record is 7-3-1 this season and set a personal high of 10 saves vs. UNC on the ACC Tournament game.
Head Coach Alison Foley has compiled a record of 222-112-33 at BC. She has won more games than any other coach in women's soccer program history.
The senior class - Patrice Vettori, Kate McCarthy, Gibby Wagner, Jess Mickelson, Rachel Davitt, Zoe Lombard and Jackie Vaccari - is 49-29-8 over four years. They have advanced to the NCAA Tournament four years, two Sweet 16's and a College Cup in 2010.
Boston College junior Stephanie McCaffrey earned All-ACC first team honors. It was the third consecutive season McCaffrey earned post-season honors as she was on the second team as a sophomore and the All-ACC Freshman team in 2011.
BC's high-scoring sophomore McKenzie Meehan earned All-ACC second team honors for her performance this season. The Eagles forward leads the league in goals scored (17) and game winning goals (7). She is also second in points scored with 35. She is two goals away from breaking the program record for most goals in a single season set in 1999 by forward Mary Guarino.
Junior Casey Morrison was named to the All-ACC third team. The Eagles defender has had a strong season in the back. It is the second season in which Morrison received ACC honors, as she was on the All-ACC Freshman team in 2011.
Freshman Hayley Dowd was named to the All-ACC Freshman team. The Eagles forward has supplied some offensive energy off the bench. The rookie has three goals and three assists this season.
GAME TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets will be available at the gate prior to the game on Friday night at 7 p.m.
A single game ticket is available at $7, while students age 6-18 can purchase a ticket for $3. Tickets for children (2-5 years old) are available at $1 while senior citizen tickets are available at $3.