Aug 22, 2013
2013 Season Preview | Patriot League Preview with comments from Coach Feldman (Video)
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BOSTON - Taking the field for the first time as a member of the Patriot League, the Boston University women’s soccer team opens the 2013 season on Friday (Aug. 23) when the Terriers welcome Dayton to Nickerson Field. Opening kick is set for 7 p.m.
Friday’s game marks BU’s first appearance on the Patriot League Network, where fans can watch a live stream of the game for free. The Patriot League and Campus Insiders have partnered for the creation of the Patriot League Network, set to officially launch in the very near future. For more on the Network and what will be available, click here.
BU and Dayton meet for the second time in program history on Friday and exactly one year after the Flyers hosted the Terriers for the NSCAA Women’s College Game of the Week on Aug. 23, 2012. The teams battled to double overtime at Baujan Field but the Flyers scored in the final minute to defeat the Terriers, 2-1, and claim the 1-0-0 all-time advantage in the series.
Friday’s game is a meeting of two preseason favorites, as both the Terriers and Flyers were selected to win their respective conferences. BU enters its first season as a member of the Patriot League following a run of 10 regular-season titles and nine America East tournament championships in the last 13 years while Dayton was selected to win the Atlantic 10 for the fifth straight year. Overall, Dayton has claimed 10 A-10 regular season titles and eight A-10 tournament championships since 1996.
Entering her 19th season leading the Terriers, head coach Nancy Feldman welcomes back 10 starters and 22 letter winners from last year’s squad that went 12-6-1 overall and 8-0-0 in conference play in its last season as a member of the America East.
BU returns four of its top five point scorers from a season ago, including 2013 preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year senior Madison Clemens. The forward led BU with eight goals a season ago while classmate Emma Clark was second on the team with four goals. Both players earned a spot on the Patriot League preseason All-League Team.
Another top returner for the Terriers is junior Taylor Krebs, who posted a stat line of 2-5-9 last season, with her five assists tying for the team lead. Joining her is senior Megan McGoldrick, who dished out three helpers last season in addition to one goal.
Senior Andrea Green is back in net for the Terriers after starting all 19 games last season. She boasted a 0.86 goals-against average and finished her first season as a starter with seven shutouts.
Dayton returns eight starters from a team that finished with a 14-4-2 record in 2012 and led the nation in scoring offense with 2.9 goals per game. The Flyers welcome back two of their top three scorers from a year ago in senior Juliana Libertin and sophomore Ashley Campbell. Both players earned a spot on the A-10 preseason All-Conference Team after scoring 12 goals apiece in 2012.
Libertin is also Dayton’s leading assist returner, as she dished out 11 helpers in 2012.
Senior goalkeeper Jordin Melchert started 17 of the 18 games she appeared in last season and posted a 1.01 goals-against average along with a .772 save percentage.
Head coach Mike Tucker enters his 19th season leading the Flyers and owns a 268-91-25 overall record at Dayton.
Following Friday’s game, the Terriers will make the short trip to Newton, Mass., on Sunday (Aug. 25) to face cross-town rival Boston College. Opening kick is set for 3 p.m.