BU Takes Third Straight America East Title
Nov. 7, 2009
Courtesy of Boston University
BOSTON - For the first time in program history, the Boston University women’s soccer team won the America East Conference tournament for the third consecutive year with a 4-0 win over Binghamton on Saturday afternoon at Nickerson Field. Four different Terriers scored in the victory as they earn their seventh league title and advance to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth-straight year and eighth overall.
Sophomore Jessica Luscinski, senior Taleen Dimirdjian, freshman Megan McGoldrick and senior Farrell McClernon all found the back of the net on Saturday afternoon, while senior Janie Reilly made two saves in net to earn the shutout.
Senior Emily Pallotta, junior Shauna Kelleher, sophomore Brittany Heist and McClernon were named to the All-Tournament Team, with McClernon picking up Most Outstanding Player honors.
Luscinski broke through early on, as she stepped up to take a restart 30-yards out at 10:34, and her shot bent perfectly into the left side of the end, completely out of reach for Binghamton goalkeeper Jen McEachron. Following the goal, BU did not ease up, as Dimirdjian sent a header skimming just above the cross bar.
Binghamton came dangerously close to knotting the game at one in the 29th minute when Jamie Holliday nailed the post with a hard-hit shot to the far right side. For the remainder of the half, the two teams played even soccer, trading off possession in the midfield.
Five minutes into the second half, Dimirdjian made it a two-goal game as she collected a rebound in front of the net and slotted it into the lower right side for her third goal of the season. The Terriers increased their lead to 3-0 in the 78th minute as McClernon dished it off to McGoldrick, who slide onto the ball to push it in and past Binghamton’s Erin Iman. It was McGoldrick’s fifth goal of the season. The flood gates continued to open as McClernon upped the lead to four and rounded out the scoring, as she headed home her seventh goal of the year off a corner kick from Heist.
NOTES: BU has now won seven America East Women’s Soccer Championships, which ties Hartford for a league-best, while head coach Nancy Feldman has won more games in the tournament than any other America East coach past or present with 14 victories and seven titles. As a No. 1 seed, the Terriers improve to 10-0-1 and 14-4-2 overall. BU’s eight-member senior class has now won 53 career games and is tied with the classes of 2008 and 2001, respectively, as the all-time winningest group in program history.
BU’s defense recorded its 12th shutout on Saturday afternoon, which ties a program record set in 2006 and matched in 2008. On the opposite end of the field, the Terriers’ offense is just five goals away from matching a program-record set in 1995 for goals in a season. Boston University's home unbeaten streak has now stretched to 20 straight games.
BU will learn its NCAA fate when the Selection Show airs on Monday night at 8 pm on ESPNews.