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Patriot League Women’s Soccer NCAA Second Round Preview

Nov. 19, 2015

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Boston University continues its run in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament, after a 2-1 overtime First Round win over St. John’s. The Terriers will now face top seed Penn State in the Second Round on Friday at Jeffrey Field at 6:30 p.m.

Late Push Gives Boston University Overtime Win at St. John’s
A late goal in the second half gave Boston University the momentum it needed to take St. John’s into overtime in the NCAA First Round matchup at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. Putting pressure on the Red Storm defense, Patriot League Tournament MVP Clare Pleuler found space off a rebound and gave BU the 2-1 win to move on the tournament. While it was all St. John’s the first half, BU came out of the break a different team. At the 54:39 mark, Pleuler launched a shot that almost equalized the game, hitting off the post. Just over 20 minutes later, Alexandra Cooper found the back of the net from inside the 18, scoring her first goal of the season at 77:48. With momentum on their side in overtime, Pleuler found the back of the net in the 94th minute for the 2-1 NCAA First Round victory.

Terriers Ready for Top Seed Penn State in NCAA Tournament Second Round
With its win over St. John’s, Boston University (13-5-3) advances to the Second Round in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament and will play No. 1 seed Penn State at Jeffrey Field on Friday at 6 p.m. The two teams have met just twice in their programs’ histories, most recently playing in 2013 with the Nittany Lions, then ranked 14th in the nation, winning 1-0. The winner of Friday night’s contest and the winner of the No. 4 Virginia Tech, Ohio State matchup will play in the Third Round on Sunday at Jeffrey Field 1 p.m.

NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament
Second Round – Friday, November 20 – Jeffrey Field/University Park, Pa.
Boston University Terriers (13-5-3, 8-0-1 PL) at Penn State Nittany Lions (17-3-2, 8-2-1 B1G), 6:30 p.m.
2013: Penn State 1, Boston University 0 (University Park, Pa. 9.6.13) All-time History: PSU leads 2-0-0

The Terriers and Nittany Lions have met just twice in the programs’ histories, with the most recent matchup taking place in Happy Valley in 2013. Penn State, then ranked No. 14 in the nation, came away as the victors with a second-half goal, 1-0.

Boston University
A late goal in the second half gave Boston University the momentum it needed to take St. John’s into overtime in the NCAA First Round matchup at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. Putting pressure on the Red Storm defense, Patriot League Tournament MVP Clare Pleuler found space off a rebound and gave BU the 2-1 win to move on the tournament.

BU is making its 13th NCAA tournament appearance in the 21 years of existence as a varsity program and is 5-12 all-time in the NCAAs, having reached the second round in 2000, 2005, 2011, 2013, and now 2015.

For the first time, Boston University claimed the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament and defeated No. 4 Loyola Maryland, 2-1, and No. 2 Bucknell, 1-0, to win its third-straight Patriot League Tournament title and bid to the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament. The Terriers are on an eight-game win streak entering Friday’s game and have totaled nine shutouts, including six of the last eight games.

Patriot League Rookie of the Year McKenna Doyle (second-team All-League) leads the Terriers’ offensive efforts with six goals, four coming against League opponents, and four assists for a total of 16 points. Senior Jenna Fisher (first team All-League) is right behind the freshman with five goals and four assists for 14 points. Clare Pleuler, the Patriot League Tournament MVP, also earned first team All-League honors and has four goals and four assists for 12 points. On the other end of the pitch, Defensive Player of the Year McKenzie Hollenbaugh has led a formidable defense that recorded nine shutouts. Goalkeeper of the Year Alyssa Parisi boasts a 0.70 goals against average and only allowed two during League play.

BU is led by head coach Nancy Feldman, who has been with the program since its inception in 1995.

Penn State
Avenging an earlier loss in the season 1-0 to Rutgers, then ranked 25th in the nation, the Nittany Lions claimed their sixth Big Ten tournament title with a 2-0 win over the then-ranked No. 7 Scarlet Knights, with two first-half goals.

The Nittany Lions earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament and with the second best RPI among all DI programs, PSU was awarded a top seed. Against Albany in the First Round, Penn State easily handled the Retrievers, 5-0, to move on to the Second Round. Four different players scored for the Nittany Lions, with Megan Schafer opening the scoring at 5:00. Just over ten minutes later, Brittany Basinger made it 2-0 and Emily tacked on a third goal just over four minutes later. Ogle struck again in the second half at 55:25, while Charlotte Williams capped off the scoring-run with a late goal at 87:15.

The Nittany Lions are led by Mallory Weber and Schafer who have 26 and 25 points, respectively. Schafer has a team-leading 11 goals this season, while Weber leads the with 10 assists.

Penn State is taking part in its 21st consecutive postseason since 1995. The Nittany Lions have a record of 33-6-1 in the NCAA Tournament at Jeffrey Field and have outscored their opponents 110-31 there in NCAA Play. PSU has hosted the first and second rounds 12 of the last 15 years and hold a 20-2 record in those rounds.

A four-time College Cup participant (1999, 2002, 2005, 2012), Penn State has an overall record of 41-19-2 in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Tournament.

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