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Harvard to Face Boston U. in NCAA Women's Soccer First Round Match-Up

2011 Ivy League Champions Harvard
2011 Ivy League Champions Harvard

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Courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. After winning its third Ivy League title in the last four years, the Harvard women's soccer team has advanced to the NCAA Championship and will play on the road at No. 12 Boston University in the opening round. The game will be played at noon on Saturday, Nov. 12 at BU's Nickerson Field.

Tickets for Saturday's game are $7 for general admission, $3 for seniors and for students with ID from one of the participating schools and $1 for children ages five and under.

Harvard, which enters the NCAA tournament on a 10-game unbeaten streak (9-0-1) went 12-4-1 overall and 6-0-1 in the Ivy League. The Crimson, which posted a 10-1-0 record at home, tying the program record for most wins at home in a single season, posted the most overall victories and enjoyed its best conference mark since the 1999. Harvard will be making its 13th appearance in the NCAA tournament.

"We're just thrilled to be in the NCAA tournament," said Harvard head coach Ray Leone, who is in his fifth season at the helm of the Crimson. "Boston University is an amazing program, and they have done a great job with their team. "It's going to be a monumental challenge for us."

The Terriers are coming off a 2-0 win over Albany in the America East final Nov. 5. BU owns an 18-2-1 overall mark and are a perfect 12-0-0 at home this fall. Harvard and BU met earlier this season, with the Terriers taking a 3-0 win at Nickerson Field Sept. 14.The Crimson leads the all-time series against the Terriers, 12-4-3, but BU has won four of the last five meetings between the schools. 

The winner of Harvard and BU will face either Wake Forest, a one-seed, or Oakland in the second round of the tournament on Nov. 18.