Following a two-game road trip to open the season, the Boston University women's soccer team will take Nickerson Field for its home opener on Thursday. Aug. 24 against cross-town rival Northeastern. Opening kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.
Home Sweet Home
Last Time Out
- The Terriers have dominated on their home turf, posting a 165-36-19 all-time record.
- In home openers, BU is 12-8-2, and has outscored opponents, 35-19.
- The last time the Terriers took on Northeastern in their Nickerson Field debut was in 2011, which resulted in a 2-0 victory.
- BU dropped its opening games on the road at Louisville, 3-2, and Cincinnati, 2-0, as it couldn't climb out of a two-goal deficit in each contest.
- Kelly Park and Kiana Ghamarifard tallied a goal apiece against the Cardinals.
At the Helm
- In addition to being named the Patriot League preseason Defensive Player of the Year, Rachel Bloznalis was named to the MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
- The reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year posted one of the most accomplished seasons in program history on the backline last year, earning NSCAA All-Region First Team and Patriot League First Team honors.
- A two-time captain, she is the first Terrier to be named to the Women's MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List since Marisha Schumacher-Hodge in 2007.
Leading the Way
- Head coach Nancy Feldman is in her 23rd season in guiding the Terriers and begins her 30th season as a head women's soccer coach at the collegiate level.
- Feldman has posted a 287-137-41 (.664) mark during her tenure at BU and owns a 379-157-50 (.692) career record.
- In NCAA history entering the 2017 season, she ranks No. 10 all-time in career wins and No. 23 all-time in career winning percentage.
- Under Feldman's watch, the Terriers have won 12 conference regular season and postseason titles and have made 13 NCAA appearances.
Patriot League Dominance
- Rachel Bloznalis, Alivya Wimmer and Jacki Carty will serve as tri-captains for the season.
- Bloznalis and Wimmer have been mainstays on the backline, while Carty posted a strong season last year at midfield after coming back from several injury setbacks.
- Both Bloznalis and Carty participated in the Bloom Family Leadership Academy and were selected as Leaders of Distinction.
- Since joining the Patriot League in 2013, the Terriers have dominated the league, posting a 31-3-2 record with four regular season championships and three tournament titles.
Return of the Attack
- The Terriers clamped down on Patriot League foes offense last season, leading the league with a 0.56 goals against average and tallied five shutouts.
Scouting the Huskies
- The Terriers return their top two point scorers in McKenna Doyle and Jesse Shreck.
- Doyle led the team in goals (4) and points (11), while Shreck lead the team in assists (4) and finished second in points (10).
- The duo earned spots on the 2016 All-Patriot League Third Team.
- Northeastern earned a pair of shutouts to start its season, bolting past Stony Brook, 1-0, before downing Holy Cross, 2-0.
- The defending CAA champions, the Huskies return their top five scorers from a season ago.
- Senior midfielder Hannah Lopiccolo was named the CAA Preseason Player of the Year and currently leads the team with three points and one goal and one assist.
- Junior Hannah Rosenblatt led the team with 30 points and 13 goals last season and joined Lopiccolo on the Preseason All-CAA list along with senior Kayla Cappuzoo and junior Nathalie Nidetch.
- BU is 11-6-1 all-time against its cross-town rival, though the Huskies have taken the past four matchups.
- BU returns to Nickerson Field for the first matchup of a doubleheader with the men's team on Sunday. The women will open the day with a 4 p.m. showdown against Hofstra before the men's squad hosts Boston College in the nightcap at 7 p.m.