Nov. 19, 2015
|Women’s Soccer at Penn State (NCAA 2nd Round)|
|Date||Friday, Nov. 20 | 6:30 p.m.|
|Venue||Jeffrey Field | University Park, Pa.|
|Game Notes||BU Notes|
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• The Boston University women’s soccer team advances to the NCAA Second Round for the fifth time in program history in its third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance as the Terriers head to No. 6/11 Penn State for a 6:30 p.m. game on Friday, Nov. 20.
BU IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• BU is in the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in their 21-year history as a varsity program.
• BU made 10 appearances, including seven straight from 2005 to 2011, in the NCAA tournament as a member of the America East.
• This is the Terriers’ third NCAA trip as a member of the Patriot League after having won their third consecutive conference crown on Nov. 8.
• BU is 5-12 all-time in the NCAAs, having reached the second round in 2000, 2005, 2011, 2013 and last weekend against St. John’s.
• The Terriers’ first-ever postseason victory occurred in their first-ever NCAA appearance, winning the first round of the 2000 tournament against Holy Cross, 1-0.
• In 2005, the Terriers made it to the second round via a 1-0 overtime win over Northeast rival Connecticut on the Huskies’ home turf.
• The Terriers made their third trip to the second round in 2011 when BU hosted an NCAA game for the first time and knocked off Harvard, 3-0.
• It was a similar story in 2013, as BU bested Harvard, 1-0, to move on to the second round.
• The Terriers own a 13-5-3 record and are on an eight-game win streak entering Saturday.
• BU finished the Patriot League schedule undefeated for the first time in program history, going 8-0-1, which allowed the Terriers to host the conference tournament for the first time.
• The Terriers advanced to the Patriot League title game thanks to a gritty 2-1 win over Loyola Md. in the semifinal round. The Greyhounds broke BU’s shutout streak against conference opponents, which lasted five games. Loyola was also the last league foe to score a goal on the Terriers.
• BU then defeated No. 2 seeded Bucknell in another hard-fought contest that resulted in a 1-0 victory for the Terriers.
• Last weekend, BU orchestrated an overtime comeback win against St. John’s, 2-1 to earn a trip to the NCAA Second Round. It was just the second time in program history that the Terriers have scored multiple goals in an NCAA game and the second time BU has won an NCAA game in overtime.
• The Terriers have kept nine clean sheets this season, including six in the last seven games.
SCOUTING THE NITTANY LIONS
• The Nittany Lions were ranked No. 6 in the final NSCAA Poll of the season, released on Nov. 10. Since then, PSU defeated America East Champion Albany in the first round, 5-0.
• Prior to the postseason, Penn State was ranked 13th in points per game (6.73), 11th in assists per game (2.27) and 20th in goals against average (.624).
• Penn State is led by Mallory Weber and Megan Schafer, who have 25 and 24 points, respectfully. Weber leads the team with nine assists while Schafer has a team-leading 11 goals this season.
• The Nittany Lions have a balanced attack as 11 players have goals on the season, 10 of which have scored multiple times. In total, 14 Nittany Lions have points on the year.
• In net, Britt Eckerstrom has been solid all season for PSU and currently holds a 17-3-2 record, 0.56 GAA and .826 save percentage. This season she has been a part of 10 shutouts and has started every game.
• This will be the third meeting, all-time between BU and Penn State and the first during the postseason.
• The Nittany Lions have been ranked in each of these affairs, coming in at No. 23 in the first meeting and No. 14 in the most recent matchup in 2013, which PSU won, 1-0.
• BU’s volunteer assistant coach Katie Schoepfer was a member of the PSU lineup in the first-ever meeting between the Terriers and Nittany Lions in 2009. She helped best BU, 3-0, and led the team with four shots while tallying an assist on the last goal of the game.
• Penn State leads the series, 2-0-0.
PATRIOT LEAGUE HONORS
• BU claimed three of the four Player of the Year awards as McKenzie Hollenbaugh earned PL Defender of the Year, Alyssa Parisi was named PL Goalkeeper of the Year and McKenna Doyle earned PL Rookie of the Year honors.
• Five Terriers earned spots on the All-Patriot League First Team (Clare Pleuler, M, Jenna Fisher, F, McKenzie Hollenbaugh, D, Rachel Bloznalis, D, and Alyssa Parisi, GK) while three were named to the second team (McKenna Doyle, F, Julianna Chen, M, and Rachel Blauner, D) and two to the third team (Christina Wakefield, F, Erica Kosienski, F).
• Parisi, a graduate student, was also named the PL Scholar-Athlete of the Year while Pleuler earned PL Tournament MVP honors.
HOW THE TERRIERS GOT HERE
• BU earned a 1-0 victory over Bucknell to win its third-straight Patriot League Championship and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
• Senior Clare Pleuler was named tournament MVP after her stellar play in the midfield during the two tournament games.
• She was joined on the All-Tournament squad by Jenna Fisher, McKenzie Hollenbaugh and Rachel Blauner.
• On Saturday, the Terrier used an overtime comeback victory, defeating St. John’s, 2-1, to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
FULL 90 MINUTES
• BU has played consistent soccer throughout the entire game, with all of its stat-lines nearly equal in each period. The Terriers have scored 16 goals in the first and 19 goals in the second half so far this season.
• The Terriers are dead even in shot attempts in the first and second periods at 136 apiece. Corners are also nearly identical with 55 first-half corners and 53 second-half free tries.
EVERYBODY’S A WINNER
• Eight different Terriers have tallied a game-winning goal this season, led by senior Clare Pleuler who has a team-best four including the overtime strike in the NCAA First Round.
• Senior Jenna Fisher also has multiple game-winners this season with two.
• BU boasts 14 point-scorers this season, all of which have multiple points on the year.
• Three different players have at least 12 points, led by freshman McKenna Doyle (6g, 3a). Jenna Fisher (5g, 4a) has 14 points this year and Clare Pleuler (4g, 4a) has 12.
• The most recent addition to the list came in the NCAA First Round when junior midfielder Alexandra Cooper scored her first career goal to tie the game and force an overtime period.
• All of these point scorers have goals on the season and 11 have multiple scores on the year.
• Doyle, Fisher, Pleuler, Rachel Bloznalis and Christina Wakefield all lead the Terriers with four assists so far this season.
HEAD COACH Nancy Feldman
• Head coach Nancy Feldman is the only coach in the program’s 21-year history as a varsity sport.
• Feldman led the Terriers to nine America East titles before BU moved to the Patriot League in July 2013. In her first season coaching in the Patriot League, she guided the Terriers to the conference title and has defended it every year since.
• Feldman owns a 278-122-40 record at BU, including a 140-20-11 mark against conference opponents.
• She became the 12th NCAA head coach with at least 10 years at the Division I level to reach the 300-win milestone early in the 2011 season. Feldman also spent time as a coach at Plymouth State and Lake Forest College.
• Feldman has coached eight All-Americans and eight former student-athletes have been drafted or played in a professional soccer league.
• The Terriers have won at least 10 regular-season games in 20 of her 21 seasons.
• Under Feldman, the Terriers have boasted 84 All-Conference honorees in the last 10 years and 43 All-Region honorees in the last 15 years.
• The winner of Friday’s game will advance to the third round of the NCAA tournament and face either fourth-seeded No. 14/10 Virginia Tech or Ohio State on Sunday, Nov. 22 at 1 p.m. in University Park, Pa.