BOSTON - The 12th-ranked Boston University women’s soccer team (6-2-1) continues its homestand with Stony Brook (5-3-1) in the conference opener on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. BU, the defending America East Champion, leads the series record 3-1-1. The Terriers are currently on a 14-game unbeaten streak at Nickerson Field.
BU is coming off a strong week where they made a splash on the national scene, jumping 12 spots to land at No. 12 on the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) weekly poll – their highest ranking in program history. Senior Lauren Erwin (Orange, Conn.) garnered national accolades by Soccer America, Soccer Buzz Magazine and Top Drawer Soccer, as well as earning America East’s Player of the Week honors.
BU earned its national ranking following a 1-0 win over Fairfield and then-No. 3 Santa Clara last week. Most recently the Terriers defeated cross-town rival Harvard, 2-0, for the first time in program history. Freshmen Emily Pallotta (Andover, Mass.) and Casey Brown (Natick, Mass.) scored for the Terriers. Pallotta netted the game winner, while Brown’s goal was the first of her career. Senior Stephanie Dreyer earned her sixth win and sixth shutout of the season, making two saves.
The Terriers unbeaten streak at Nickerson Field dates back to the Terriers 1-0 win over Hofstra on Sept. 4, 2005. Since then the Terriers have posted 10 wins and four ties.
Stony Brook is currently 5-3-1 leading into the conference opener, having already matching its 2005 season win total. The Seawolves rattled off three wins to start the season, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Lehigh. In their home opener they fell to Central Connecticut by a 2-1 decision, but came back to defeat Towson, 2-1, in the ensuing game. Stony Brook tied Providence and then dropped the next two games to Maryland and Fordham before shutting out St. Peter’s, 5-0. Stony Brook is led by Brooke Barbuto with six goals and Marisa Viola in net.
BU leads the series 3-1-1, and has won two of its last three meetings with Stony Brook and its only loss came in 2002 in a 1-0 loss.