Sept. 28, 2011
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BOSTON - Riding a three-game winning streak, the Boston University women’s soccer team (8-2-1, 1-0-0 AE) will welcome Vermont (3-5-3, 1-0-0 AE) to Nickerson Field on Thursday (Sept. 29) at 7 p.m.
BU, which has now won 31 of its last 32 matches against America East foes dating back to 2007, holds the 11-2-2 advantage in the all-time series record with the Catamounts and is 5-0-1 in the last six meetings. Last year, the Terriers defeated UVM, 7-0, behind record-breaking performances from Lisa Kevorkian (’11) and sophomore Kylie Strom. Kevorkian netted two goals and added two assists en route to tying Stacy Schwartz ('98), Kara Olivo ('98) and Deirdre Enos' ('00) single-game school record for points (6) in a contest, while Strom tied Schwartz and Nicole Soules ('01) for assists in a game. Both records had not been matched in 11 years.
The Terriers, which are currently ranked 25th in the latest RPI rankings and receiving votes in the NSCAA poll, boast the league’s most prolific offense with 20 goals. The scoring has been spread out over eight different players, and 11 Terriers have recorded at least one point this season.
Strom leads the league with 11 points (5g, 1a) and is followed closely by freshman Taylor Krebs with eight points (4g). Seniors Jessica Luscinski and Brittany Heist have each scored three goals and added two assists for eight points, respectively.
Defensively, BU has been just as tough with six shutouts in 11 games. It ranks 30th in the nation for shutout percentage (.545), while senior Alice Binns
is 13th in goals-against average (0.52). Binns and sophomore Kelly King
have shared netminding duties this year, and King is coming off back-to-back wins against Yale and Albany, lowering her GAA to 0.92.
Vermont is unbeaten over the last two games with a win over Stony Brook, 1-0, in the conference opener and a tie to Holy Cross, 1-1. Its other two wins this season came against American, 1-0, on Aug. 29, and Iona, 1-0, on Sept. 2.
For the Catamounts, Alexandra Dezenzo and Ellie Mills lead the offense with two goals apiece, while six others have found the back of the net once. Sarah Leiby has seen significant time in net and owns a 1.31 GAA and .794 save percentage. She has recorded three shutouts in 10 games.
As part of Faculty & Staff Night in a pregame ceremony, the Terriers’ nine seniors will acknowledge a special faculty or staff member who has made an impact on them during their time at Boston University.
After Thursday’s game, BU will hit the road for games at Maine (Oct. 2) and New Hampshire (Oct. 6).