August 23, 2008

Season Preview: Women's Soccer

It's a good thing that the Women's Soccer teams game isn't until 7 pm tonight because this article still works as a season preview.

Now here at the Hot Dog and Jesus blog we've been known to cover four Boston University topics pretty exclusively: Women's Basketball, Men's Hockey, Men's Basketball, and the Dance Team. However, it's one of my goals in this upcoming year to cover any and every BU sport there is.

Hence the BU Women's Soccer preview. I'm not going to lie - I had to do some research to learn more about this team. I really didn't know anything off the top of my head about them.
So here is the 4-1-1 about the lady Terriers:

2007 Record: 11-7-3

In depth
Overall: 11-7-3
Conference: 6-1-1
Home: 5-2-2
Away: 5-4-1
Neutral: 1-1-0
All-time: 160-81-25

Credentials: America East regular and tournament champions. Eliminated first round of the NCAA tournament. 2-1 vs. Wake Forest. Last year marked the Terriers 3rd straight NCAA tournament appearance.

Key Losses: Goalie Christina Reuter, 21-game starter Defender Shannon Mullen, 21-game starter Defender Elizabeth Speck.

Key Returnees: 2007 America East Defender of the year/Leading goal scorer for the Terriers Casey Brown, 1st team all AEC members Midfielder Marisha Schumacher-Hodge and Midfielder Emily Pallotta, Striker Farrell McCleron. The team returns 21 members, 9 starters.

#10 Marisha Schumacher-Hodge

Who's Gonna Have to Step Their Game Up: Goalie Janie Reily. She started in 6 games last year, letting in 3 goals and saving 29. But Hot Dog, she has a .906 save %, that's like better than Brett Bennett! Why does she have to step it up? Because she will be the starter. Her workload will triple and she'll have to be a force in net. It will help to have so much returning talent but she will have to serve as a constant in goal.

What the Coaches think: AEC coaches are picking the Terriers to win the conference. Unanimously. The preseason coaches poll looks like this:

1. BU (64 votes)
2. UNH (52)
3. Stony Brook (46)
4. Maine (45)
5. Hartford (40)
6. Binghamton (26)
7. Albany (23)
8. UVM (19)
9. UMBC (9)

Oh UMBC, the leagues ragdoll. How did you ever manage to become D1?

Go on and celebrate, we're preseason favorites

A Look Into Some Key 2007 Stats:

- BU outscored their opponents 25-13.
- BU was outshot by their opponents 238-259. Thank you stellar goaltending.
- Stellar goaltending is correct - BU had 108 saves. Their opponents racked up 88.
- BU had 100 corner kicks during the season. Opponents only took 67.
- BU kept their mouths/emotions in check - 6 yellow cards for the Terriers, 13 for their opponents.
- The Lady Terriers averaged 193 in attendance at home, 278 on the road.

Hot Dog's Predictions:

- Final Record: 12-5-2

- Final Finish: This team has loads of potential. They return a lot and have a lot going for them. There is pressure on them to perform but I expect them to rise up to the challenge. This team will win the AEC regular season crown and the tournament. They'll outdo themselves from last year and win at least one NCAA tournament game. The Lady Terriers will do this even though history is working against them. BU has won the AEC regular season and tournament in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007. It's an Olympic year so if the Terriers are keeping consistent with the pattern they shouldn't win the America East.

2008 Schedule:

A tricky non-conference lineup if I must say so myself.

8/23 - vs. #14 Boston College
8/28 - @ Rhode Island
8/31 - @ South Carolina
9/5 - @ Princeton
9/7 - @ #11 Connecticut
9/12 - vs. Wisconsin
9/14 - vs. Northeastern
9/19 - vs. Milwaukee (MGC)
9/21 - @ Minnesota (MGC)
9/24 - vs. Brown
9/28 - vs. Albany
10/1 - @ Darmouth
10/5 - @ UVM
10/9 - @ Binghamton
10/12 - vs. Maine
10/16 - vs. New Hampshire
10/19 - vs. Stony Brook
10/23 - @ UMBC
10/26 - @ Hartford

MGC - Minnesota Gold Classic @ Minnesota.

Good luck ladies. I'll be there to support you this season and I hope people can attend Nickerson and fuel your fire to another America East title and NCAA tournament birth.

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