Aug. 30, 2007
The Boston University women's soccer team will host the 2007 Doubletree Guests Suites Boston Terrier Invitational from Friday, Aug. 31 to Sunday, Sept. 2. The Terriers will host No. 9 Stanford, No. 16 Connecticut and Princeton in the two-day round-robin tournament. The Terriers, a unanimous pick to win the America East in 2007, were receiving votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) preseason poll.
Princeton and UConn will kick off the tourney at 4:00 p.m., followed by the BU-Stanford match-up at 7:00 p.m. The tournament will conclude on Sunday when the Cardinal face off with the Huskies at noon, and the Terriers take on Princeton at 3:00 p.m.
BU is led by junior midfielder Marisha Schumacher-Hodge (Pittsburgh, Pa.), a member of the preseason MAC Hermann Trophy watch list, who was the 2006 America East Midfielder of the Year and NSCAA All-Northeast Region Second Team honoree. The Terriers also bring back the 2006 Rookie of the Year and All-America East Second Team honoree, as sophomore Farrell McClernon (West Chester, Pa.) returns to the pitch.
In 2006, BU had one of its most successful campaigns when it attained its highest national ranking, reaching No. 10, and also earned arguably the biggest win in program history when it defeated then-No. 3 Santa Clara. It finished the season with a 13-5-3 record and earned the program's first-ever at-large bid to the NCAA. It was the Terriers' fifth trip to the tournament and second consecutive.
Stanford was recently picked to finish second only to UCLA in the Pac-10 women's soccer preseason poll. The Cardinal made it to the NCAA Tournament's round of 16 in 2006 and finished with a 15-6-2 overall record. Stanford will be anchored by Rachel Buehler, a 2007 Soccer Buzz Preseason All-American.
UConn will enter the tournament ranked No. 16 in the NSCAA poll and 10th by Soccer Buzz. In the 2007 preseason Big East poll, the Huskies were picked to finish second behind West Virginia in the American Division. Senior midfielder Meghan Schnur was selected as a preseason All-American by Soccer Buzz magazine and was also selected to the All-Big East Preseason Team.
Princeton enters the season with a streak of 393:13 minutes without having allowed a goal. The Tigers are led on defense by senior co-captain Maren Dale between the pipes and first-team All-Ivy junior defender Taylor Numann. Princeton has posted 10 straight winning seasons under head coach Julie Shackford and advanced to the NCAA tournament six straight seasons from 1999-04, reaching the national semifinals in the final year of that streak.