Nov. 6, 2014
BOSTON – After a strong finish to the regular season, the Boston University women’s soccer team is set to travel to Hamilton, N.Y. for the Patriot League Tournament, hosted by Regular Season Champion Colgate. The Terriers (12-4-3, 6-1-2 PL) earned a bye into the semifinal round as the No. 2 seed and will face No. 3 Navy (12-3-5, 6-1-2 PL) on Friday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m.
The Midshipmen easily defeated No. 6 Loyola, 4-1 in the quarterfinals to advance to Friday’s match. This is the second time the Mids and the Terriers have met in the Patriot League Tournament, the first being last season’s championship game in which Boston U. took a 1-0 victory to win its first-ever Patriot League Title.
BU and Navy met in the conference opener again this year, this time on Terrier turf, which helped BU to another 1-0 win over the Mids and ultimately gave the Terriers the tie-breaker over Navy for the No. 2 seed and quarterfinal bye after tying in points at the end of the regular season.
Though both teams have high-scoring offenses, with Navy netting 38 goals this season and Boston U. scoring 30, past experience would suggest a strong defensive effort from both squads. Navy and BU have both allowed a stingy 13 goals throughout the regular season, an average of under 0.7 goals per game and with three total goals scored in their three meetings, this match does not pose itself for prolific offense.
Morgan Dankanich has been Navy’s spark on offense, leading the team with 19 points including six goals and seven assists. Clare MacAdam has also been a force on the Mids’ attack, netting six goals of her own while helping on two.
Dayton Wetherby has played in 19 of Navy’s 20 matches this season and started in 17. She holds a 9-3-5 record which includes six shutouts. Due to the Midshipmen’s sound back line, which includes Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year Jade Seabrook, Wetherby has faced just 70 shots on goal and has only let 12 slip past her for a goals against average of 0.65.
On the other end of the pitch, the Boston University defense has done an astounding job of protecting the net, led by All-Patriot League First Team selection Kai Miller. The Terriers have allowed just 57 shots on goal all season, making things easier on senior goalkeeper Alyssa Parisi, who has seen the most action in net this year and holds a 9-3-2 record.