Monday, November 9, 2009

Ivy League Champs to take on local foe in NCAA Playoffs

The women's soccer team, which claimed an outright Ivy League title on Saturday night with a 2-1 victory at Columbia, also earned the league's automatic berth into the Women's NCAA National Championship tournament. After the jump, we'll have the matchup, a look at some past results, and the rest of the bracket.

The Crimson (9-6-1) were selected to face the Boston College Eagles (15-3-2), who are seeded #2 in this regional part of the bracket and who are currently at #7 in the nation in the polls. The game will take place on November 13th at Newton Field. Tickets are $3 for students, $7 for general admission. It is a battle of league champions, as the Crimson, as noted above, are the Ancient Eight title holders, while BC won a share of the ACC. In the all-time series against BC, the Crimson are 19-10-4.

The winner of this game will go on to face the winner of Boston University versus the University of Connecticut in the second round. Both first round games and the second round game will take place at Boston College.

The Crimson got a good look at all three teams as all three were on the out of conference schedule.

September 18, 2009 Harvard 1 @ Boston College 4
The Crimson were trailing BC 2-0 at the beginning of the first half, but in the 40th minute, Katherine Sheeleigh scored to cut the defecit to 2-1. It was the first goal BC had allowed in the season, a span spreading across 579 minutes of play. That was as close as the Crimson would get, as a 2-0 second half gave Boston College the 4-1 win.

September 5, 2009 Harvard 1 @ Connecticut 3
It was the second game of a back to back stretch for the Crimson as they were opening the 2009. The Crimson, off a 1-1 2OT effort at home versus San Diego State, had to travel down to Storrs, Connecticut to face the Huskies. UCONN started the scoring in the 6th minute off of a free kick opportunity, then made it 2-0 in the eleventh minute. In the 43rd minute, the Crimson cut the deficit in half, with Hana Taiji's first collegiate goal. But UCONN would add an insurance goal in the second half.

September 20, 2009 Harvard 0 @ Boston University 1
It was the second local rivalry game of the weekend for the Crimson, this time one that was nationally televised, but they could not find the net in a battle of defenses. A goal from Megan McGoldrick in the 28th minute was all the offense BU would need to put away the Crimson, although a strong defensive effort and good goalkeeping was needed, particularly with a Harvard flurry in the last 18 minutes.

GoCrimson game notes here
Ticket purchasing info here through the BC Box Office (info in the GoCrimson release)
and the full women's soccer championship bracket here.

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