Oct. 4, 2013
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BOSTON - Looking to keep its home shutout streak alive, the Boston University women's soccer team welcomes Lehigh to Nickerson field on Saturday (Oct. 5) for a Patriot League showdown. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.
Saturday is Breast Cancer Awareness Day with all game proceeds being donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. For a $1 donation, fans can purchase a pink soccer ball with their name on it to be put up in the concourse at Nickerson Field.
The Terriers (7-3-1, 2-1-0 Patriot League) and the Mountain Hawks (2-6-2, 0-3-0 PL) will meet for the first time ever on Saturday. BU enters the game following a 3-0 victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday night while Lehigh dropped a 1-0 decision to Lafayette on the same day.
BU is unbeaten at Nickerson Field (5-0-1) this season with six shutouts, including a 0-0 draw with then-No. 11 South Carolina on Aug. 30. BU has found success behind a defense that allows just 8.0 shots per game and the strong play of senior goalkeeper Andrea Green, who boasts a 0.42 goals against average and .871 save percentage.
The Terriers' offense came alive on Wednesday with three goals against the Crusaders. Senior Madison Clemens posted the second multi-goal performance of her career with a pair of goals to move into the team lead with four tallies on the season. Junior Taylor Krebs also found the back of the net and dished out an assist against Holy Cross, as she improved her scoring line to 1-2-4 on the season.
Freshman Erica Kosienski is second on the team with three goals, the most tallies by a BU freshman since current senior Emma Clark recorded five goals during her rookie campaign in 2010.
Lehigh enters Saturday's game looking for its first win in Patriot League play and having lost three of its last four games in addition to a draw 1-1 draw with Penn in non-conference action.
Senior Murphee Greeley (1-3-5) and junior Danielle Salans (2-1-5) are the leading scorers for Lehigh while fellow junior Darby Dustman also has two goals on the season. The Mountain Hawks average 9.6 shots per game and 0.70 goals per contest.
Defensively, Lehigh has allowed 1.10 goals per game and had permitted opponents to average 20.7 shots. Sophomore Ani Nahapetian and junior Ashley Blanks have split the time in the net for the Mountain Hawks with Nahapetian owning a 1.26 goals against average and Blanks have a 0.81 goals against average.
The Terriers will conclude their three-game home stand on Tuesday (Oct. 8) when they host Harvard for a non-conference match. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the Patriot League Network.