BOSTON – The Boston University men’s soccer team announced its 2007 schedule, which features match ups with seven teams that made the 2006 NCAA Tournament as well as a berth in the adidas-Brown Classic on Sept.7-9.
In addition to a full America East slate, BU will face teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference (Boston College), the Big East (Connecticut) the Big Ten (Penn State), the Ivy League (Harvard, Brown), Conference USA (Central Florida), the Atlantic-10 (Fordham, Rhode Island, UMass), the Colonial Athletic Association (Northeastern), the Patriot League (Holy Cross) and the West Coast Conference (Santa Clara).
UConn has made the last nine NCAA Tournaments, while Penn State has participated in three of the last four. URI, Brown, Harvard, and Binghamton all made the NCAAs last fall, and Santa Clara reached the national quarterfinals in 2006.
“Once again, we have presented our players with a very demanding schedule,” noted head coach Neil Roberts. “We are excited to continue our long-standing rivalries with New England’s top programs, while the likes of Penn State, Santa Clara and others will help get our young team ready for what should be the deepest conference group in quite some time.”
The Terriers begin the season with a pair of exhibitions against UConn on Aug. 19 and Holy Cross on Aug. 25. BU hosts cross-town rival Boston College in the Terriers’ home-opener on Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. and follows the Eagles with another city foe, Northeastern, on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. BU will face Fordham and Santa Clara in the adidas-Brown Classic, hosted by the Bears, on Sept. 7 and 9.
The Terriers will play most of their non-conference schedule on the road, hosting only Central Florida on Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. BU travels to Harvard (Sept. 14), URI (Sept. 21), UMass (Sept. 29), and Brown (Oct. 2).
BU plays its America East schedule from Oct. 6 to Nov. 3, opening with defending conference champion Binghamton in Vestal, N.Y. on Oct. 6. The Bearcats and Terriers met in the conference tournament, with Binghamton defeating BU in penalty kicks for the second straight year.
The Terriers do break up the America East slate with a non-conference game at home against Penn State on Oct. 13 at 2 p.m.
BU returns 18, including five starters, from the 2006 team that finished 10-4-5 overall and 4-3-1 in the America East. The Terriers also welcome nine newcomers to the squad.