Ivy Champion Women’s Soccer to Face Boston University in First Round of NCAA Tournament

Photo courtesy of Tim Hart
Photo courtesy of Tim Hart

Harvard will try to keep its 14-match unbeaten streak alive in a battle of Boston. 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The 2013 Ivy League champion Harvard women's soccer team has advanced to its 14th NCAA tournament in program history and will head to No. 25 Boston University and Nickerson Field Saturday at 3 p.m.

This marks the fourth NCAA appearance for head coach Ray Leone. Harvard (12-3-2) enters the tournament on a 14-game unbeaten streak, the longest in program history. The Crimson was also perfect in Ancient Eight action (7-0) for the first time since 1999.

Harvard and BU played to a 1-1 draw Oct. 8 behind a first-half goal from freshman Midge Purce. It marked the lone goal the Terriers have allowed at home all season.

BU won its first-ever Patriot League championship, defeating Navy 1-0 in the finals behind a shutout effort from senior goalkeeper Andrea Green. This marks BU's 11th bid to the NCAA tournament.

Harvard faced the Terriers in its last appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2011, a 3-0 loss.

The winner of Harvard and BU will advance to face either California or Santa Clara in the second round Nov. 22.