June 21, 2010
BOSTON - The three-time defending America East champion Boston University women's soccer team has announced its 2010 schedule, as head coach Nancy Feldman and the Terriers will face arguably their toughest slate ever, with eight of their first 10 games coming against 2009 NCAA tournament participants. Three squads that were ranked in the top 10 last year will visit Nickerson Field during a season-opening five-game homestand that kicks off with contests against South Carolina and 2009 NCAA runner-up Stanford.
BU, which will face non-conference opponents from the SEC, Pac-10, ACC and Big East, is scheduled to face four schools (Harvard, Monmouth, South Carolina, Stanford) that won league titles in 2009.
The Terriers have 10 home games scheduled for the fall and will host American, Washington, Boston College and Connecticut in addition to four America East opponents and the opening-weekend contests with the Gamecocks and Cardinal on Aug. 20 & 22, respectively.
As for non-conference road trips, BU will travel to Charlottesville, Va., in September to participate in the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic, where it will take on William & Mary and the host Cavaliers, in addition to games at Monmouth, Harvard and Dartmouth.
"We are definitely excited to be hosting a number of the nation's best teams on Nickerson Field as part of a very challenging non-conference schedule," said Feldman, who is entering her 16th year at the helm of the Terrier program.
Following a preseason scrimmage against the Burlington Soccer Club out of Canada on Aug. 17 at Plymouth State, Feldman will give her squad an early test with SEC champion South Carolina (Aug. 20) and Pac-10 champs Stanford (Aug. 22). The Gamecocks finished last year with a record of 19-4-2 and were ranked ninth nationally while winning their first-ever conference title before becoming the only SEC team to advance to the round of 16. Meanwhile, the Cardinal, who was the top ranked team in the country for the majority of the season, completed its best season in school history with the Pac-10's first-ever perfect regular season before suffering its lone loss of the 2009 campaign in the national title game against North Carolina.
Continuing with their early homestand, the Terriers will take on American (Aug. 27), which lost in double overtime in the Patriot League finals to Colgate, and Washington (Aug. 29) of the Pac-10 Conference, which made it to the NCAA second round. BU will close out its five-game home stretch with crosstown rival Boston College on Sept. 3. The Eagles, who were ranked seventh in the nation at season's end, lost to Stanford in the NCAA quarterfinals in 2009 - their best run in the NCAAs since the tourney expanded to 64 teams.
In its first road match of the season, BU will travel to Monmouth (Sept. 6) to take on the 2009 NEC Conference champion, which was its second title in three years. The Terriers will next head South for the Virginia Nike Soccer Classic, where they will face off with William & Mary (Sept. 10) in the tourney's first game and host Virginia (Sept. 12) two days later. William & Mary has now boasted a winning season in each of the last 28 years, while the Cavaliers are coming off a 2009 campaign that saw them advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the fifth consecutive year.
Four days later, BU will return to the Northeast to take defending Ivy League champion Harvard (Sept. 16) before hosting a rematch with Connecticut (Sept. 19), which ousted the Terriers from the NCAA tournament just last year. BU's final non-conference contest will come against Ivy Leaguer Dartmouth (Oct. 13).
"Playing a competitive and challenging non-conference slate allows us the best opportunity to grow and develop individually and collectively," continued Feldman. "Our goals are to continue to raise the stature of our program by playing the best, as well as being ready for the rigors of conference play and post-season competition."
Following a challenging non-conference schedule, the Terriers will begin America East action on Oct. 3 with Stony Brook. BU will then hit the road for four straight away games against Hartford (Oct. 7), Vermont (Oct. 10), Dartmouth (Oct. 13) and Binghamton (Oct. 17). To close out regular-season conference slate, BU will host Albany (Oct. 21) and Maine (Oct. 24). The America East Women's Soccer Championship is scheduled for Oct. 28 to Nov. 6.
The Terriers finished 2009 with a record of 14-6-2, earning their third straight America East title and seventh overall. They earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, making their fifth consecutive appearance in the tourney, before falling to UConn in the first round. BU will return 20 letter winners, including 2010 tri-captains Corie Halasz, Shauna Kelleher and Lina Cords.