BU-Wake women's soccer one to watch

November, 17, 2011
11/17/11
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The Boston College and Boston University women's soccer teams both are in action in second-round play of the NCAA tournament Friday night at 7:30, with the Eagles hosting Cal and the Terriers traveling to Winston-Salem, N.C., to play Wake Forest.

ESPN college sports blogger Graham Hays writes that the BU-Wake matchup is one of three second-round games to watch:

Boston University at Wake Forest (Winston-Salem, N.C.): The top-seeded Demon Deacons did what they needed to do in the first round; their output in a 2-0 win against Oakland wasn't representative of their domination. But even if the other No. 1 seeds face second-round games against bigger schools (No. 1 Duke against Georgia; No. 1 Stanford against South Carolina) or higher-profile programs (No. 1 Florida State versus Portland), Wake Forest may be the one with the trickiest path to the Sweet 16. The Terriers have missed just two NCAA tournaments since 2000 and none since 2004, so they know the surroundings. They beat Portland and Washington in Seattle earlier this season and tied Boston College on the Eagles' home field. And if there's an underdog that has a chance to keep its cool against gifted, relentless strikers such as Katie Stengel and Rachel Nuzzolese, it's the Terriers, who in addition to allowing just 11 goals in 22 games have yet to pick up a single yellow card. As noted by BU sports information guru Scott Ellis, no other team remaining in the bracket has fewer than three yellow cards.


For the rest of Hays' look at the second round, click here.

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