After a weekend of hard-fought games, the Boston University women's soccer team again looks to Hofstra for their first win of the season, reminiscent of last year's campaign. This time the Terriers will face the Pride on the road, heading to Hofstra Soccer Stadium for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday.
The Terriers are undefeated against Hofstra, posting an 8-0-1 series record which includes a 2-1 overtime win last season, which gave BU its first victory of the season following a greuling schedule of six road games to open the season. The Pride has received votes in each of the first to NSCAA Polls and began its season at the Penn State Invitational, where Hofsta defeated Buffalo, 1-0 in the opener before dropping a 3-1 decision to reigning National Champion Penn State. The Pride made i to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year before falling to Rutgers and returns senior golakeeper Friederike Mehring, who set a career-high in saves in the postseason last year.
BU SELECTED AS PATRIOT LEAGUE FAVORITE
For the fourth straight year, the Terriers were chosen to win the Patriot League title. BU was tabbed for the fourth straight crown by the league's coaches and sports information directors in the annual preseason poll. BU totaled 16 first-place votes and 160 total points in the poll, the most the team has ever received. Last year's runner-up, Bucknell, grabbed the remaining four first-place nods and was picked to finish second this season.
RECORD FOUR TERRIERS NAMED ALL-PL
After starting the last three straight seasons with two Terriers named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team, a record four earned the honor this year with 2015 Rookie of the Year McKenna Doyle
making the list alongside classmate Julianna Chen
. Senior captains Rachel Blauner
and Rachel Bloznalis
also made the list and Bloznalis earned the added distinction of being picked as the Preseason Patriot League Defender of the Year. All four Terriers earned All-Patriot League Team honors last season and Bloznalis is the only returning first team member for this year.
Seniors Rachel Blauner
and Rachel Bloznalis
were named captains for the season. Blauner returns for a fifth year this season and serves as a captain for the second time. The pair form the backbone to the Terrier defensive unit this season. The three other seniors, Bridget Conway
, Ellen Starnes
and Erica Kosienski
will also be called upon to guide the younget Terriers in their final year in the program.
EIGHT NEWCOMERS JOIN THE FOLD
BU welcomes eight newcomers to the fold in 2016. Chloee Sagmoe
will serve as an attacking midfielder this season while Ann Marie Jaworski
and Jordan Bailey
will be beside her in center midfield. The Terriers picked up two new defenders in Shannon Keefe
and transfer student Royce Light
, who comes to BU after playing her freshman year at NYU. With the loss of Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year Alyssa Parisi
, the Terriers add Emma Heil
between the posts. Rachel Kingston
and Kelly Park
round out the newcomers and will add to the attacking unit as forwards this season.
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