July 11, 2012
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BOSTON - Highlighted by a home opener against a NCAA tournament Sweet 16 participant and a trip to the defending national champion's pitch, the Boston University men's soccer team and 28th-year head coach Neil Roberts have announced the team's 2012 schedule. The Terriers, who will face a total of eight squads that participated in last year's NCAAs, will kick off the regular season campaign on August 24 at reigning Big East champion St. John's.
After preseason scrimmages at Army (Aug. 18) and vs. Merrimack (Aug. 20), BU's schedule will consist of 18 regular season games, including eight total at home. Continuing Roberts' philosophy of scheduling a challenging slate of games, the Terriers, who last year claimed their third conference regular season title in the previous four seasons, will face five squads who finished with a RPI of 26 or higher and 11 with marks of 124 or higher.
Before hosting Brown on Thursday, Sept. 13, BU will arguably have the most difficult road trip in the country to open the season, as the Terriers will face off against three schools from both the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference. All six squads reached the second round of the NCAAs with two of them advancing to the quarterfinals.
The defending Big East champion Red Storm will play against the Terriers for the fourth straight season on Friday, Aug. 24. Leading 4-3 in the all-time series, St. John's owns a 4-1 record at Belson Stadium, having won NCAA games in 2004 and 2009 with BU pulling out one postseason victory in 1993.
The Terriers will then meet three consecutive ACC squads, starting with the continuance of the annual rivalry at Boston College on Monday, Aug. 27. The Eagles finished last year with a RPI ranking of six and have won the last five meetings. BU will then make a two-game trek to the state of North Carolina, facing first-time opponents in 2007 NCAA champion Wake Forest on Friday, Aug. 31 and then 2011 champion North Carolina on Sunday, Sept. 2.
After seeking its first win against the ACC since topping BC in 2006, BU will travel to Providence (Sept. 7) and Connecticut (Sept. 9). Last year at home, the Terriers earned a 1-0 victory against the No. 21 Friars to improve to 11-3-3 in the all-time series. Reaching the 2011 NCAA quarterfinals, the Huskies will for the first time since 2009 have the opportunity to wipe the memory of the Terriers' 3-0 shutout win at Morrone Stadium.
Following the completion of the arduous road trip, the Terriers will play eight of the remaining 12 games at home. BU will first face their seventh straight NCAA tournament participant in Brown on Thursday, Sept. 13, after the Bears last year reached the third round. They will then host in-state rival Holy Cross (Sept. 18), a team they defeated by a 2-0 margin to improve to 7-1 in the all-time series.
After visiting former conference foe Hofstra (Sept. 22), BU will return home to host its America East opener against Hartford (Sept. 29) and the first-ever meeting against Adelphi on Tuesday, Oct. 2.
In-between trips to defending conference tournament champion Stony Brook (Oct. 5) and UMBC (Oct. 13), BU will host Vermont on Wednesday, Oct. 10. The Terriers will finish the home slate with crosstown rival Harvard (Oct. 16), Albany (Oct. 20) and Binghamton (Oct. 24) before completing the regular season at New Hampshire on Saturday, Oct. 27.
BU is coming off a 9-9 season that saw the Terriers claim the program's 11th conference regular season crown. Returning players include 2011 AE Rookie of the Year Dominique Badji and Defender of the Year Kelvin Madzongwe. Three-time America East All-Conference First Team honoree Michael Bustamante also returns after redshirting last year due to injury.