Nov. 3, 2009
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DAYTON, Ohio - After seizing its first regular season title since 2004, Dayton is the top seed for the 17th Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship, to be held Nov. 5-8 at Transamerica Field on the campus of UNC Charlotte. The Flyers (14-0-5/10-0-1) completed their first-ever unbeaten regular season and have posted a program-best 14 shutouts. Senior forwards Mandi Bäck and Lauren MacCormick (22 points each) lead the Flyers offensively.
Led by two-time A-10 Rookie of the Week selection Katherine Boone in goal, UD has allowed the fewest goals (five) in the nation. Making a league-record 14th straight Championship appearance and vying for its sixth A-10 crown and first since 2004, No. 24 Dayton will play at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6, after earning an opening round bye. The A-10 Regular Season title came down to the the final weeked. The Flyers (31 points in the Conference standings) earned first place after defeating Xavier 3-0 on senior night at Baujan Field, while Charlotte (29 points) tied Saint Louis 0-0.
DAYTON'S A-10 BACKGROUND
- Dayton has won the A-10 Tournament Championship more than any other team in the conference: five times (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004). UMass (4) is the only other team with three or more A-10 tournament championships.
- UD has also won or shared nine A-10 Regular Season titles (1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004, 2009). The next closest is Massachusetts with five.
- The Flyers are 15-7 all-time in the conference tournament. Their .682 winning percentage is only behind St. Louis and Charlotte (5-2).
- Dayton has reached the finals seven times and is 5-2 in the championship game.
- The Flyers are tied for the longest current unbeaten streak in the nation; sharing the honor with No. 1 Stanford. Both teams have a 19-game unbeaten streak (Dayton 14-0-5 and Stanford 19-0).
- Dayton's 19-game unbeaten streak is closing in on the record for the longest unbeaten streak in Flyer history; 20, set in 2004 when the squad went 20-2, and also the last time the Flyers advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
HOW THE FLYERS STACK UP
Dayton went 4-0-1 this season and is 37-12-7 all-time against the teams in the field of the 2009 Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship.
||T 0-0 (Oct. 9)
||W 2-0 (Oct. 2)
||W 3-0 (Oct. 25)
||W 2-1 2ot (Oct. 11)
||W 3-0 (Oct. 28)
UD WOMEN'S SOCCER RANKED
- Dayton is currently ranked No. 1 in the Mid- Atlantic Region by the NSCAA. Dayton has moved into the Top 25 of the NSCAA National Poll and is sitting at No. 24.
- UD is No. 15 on the TopDrawerSoccer Tournament 64 Rankings. They are also ranked No. 26 in the College Soccer 360 Poll, No. 40 in the 2009 NCAA Women's Soccer RPI Ranking, and No. 24 in the Soccer Times Top 25 Poll.
- Senior Mandi Back is first in the A-10 in shots with 86 (4.53 per game). Bäck is also tied for first on the team in points and goals. Three of her eight goals scored have been game winning goals.
- Senior Lauren MacCormick is tied for first on the team in points (22) and goals scored (8). MacCormick leads the Flyers and is second in the A-10 in game-winning goals (5).
- Freshman Colleen Williams leads UD in assists (9) and is third on the team in points (17). Williams' 17 points is the seventh most by a freshman in UD women's soccer history; besting Mandi Back's 16 when she was a freshman in 2006. Her .47 assists per game are 31st in the nation.
- Freshman goalkeeper Katherine Boone has twice been named A-10 Rookie of the Week. She is first in the nation in goals against average (.223) and third in save percentage (.918).
The 2009 NCAA Women's Soccer Championship Selection show will be aired live on Monday, Nov. 9 at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNEWS.
SHUTDOWN DAYTON D
- The Flyers have shut out 14 of their 19 opponents this season and challengers have just scored five goals, which is tops in the nation and A-10 (Charlotte is the next closest having allowed 13 goals).
- UD broke the school record for shutouts with 14, breaking the mark of 13 set in 2004 by the squad that allowed just 12 goals all season. Dayton is ranked first in the NCAA Division I Women's Soccer National Ranking Summary in goals against average (0.24).
- UD allowed just one goal against the entire field of the A-10 Tournament this season. Dayton's 2009 results against the teams in the A-10 Tournament: 0-0 double overtime tie against Charlotte on Oct. 9, 2009 at Baujan Field; won 2-0 over Fordham on Oct. 2 in the Bronx; toppled St. Bonaventure 3-0 on Oct. 28 in Olean, NY; defeated Saint Louis 2-1 in double overtime on Oct. 11 at Baujan Field; beat UMass 3-0 on Oct. 25 at Baujan Field.
A two-time Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, University of Dayton head coach Mike Tucker has led the Flyers to five NCAA tournament appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2001. He has a career record of 214-79-21. Tucker's Flyer squads are 120- 22-8 in Atlantic 10 play. He is the only active coach in the A-10 to achieve more than 100 women's soccer A-10 wins. The Flyers earned a league record 14th consecutive trip to the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship this season. Last year UD dealt Fordham a 2-1 loss in the semifinals of the A-10 Championship to give Tucker his 200th career victory. He went on to be named the Ohio Coach of the Year. UD has won nine of the 17 conference regular season titles. In addition, his teams have won the A-10 Tournament Championship five times (1996, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004).
"PRIMETIME" BÄCK AGAIN
CollegeSoccer 360 named Mandi Back as Primetime Performer of the Week for Oct. 5-11 for her clutch performances. For the second time in two weeks, senior Mandi Back scored the golden goal to lift the still unbeaten Flyers. Bäck scored in the 109th minute, giving Dayton a 2-1 double overtime win over Saint Louis. It's nothing new for Bäck who scored a golden goal with four seconds left in overtime on Oct. 4 as Dayton downed La Salle 2-1. It was her 12th career game-winning goal and third this season. Bäck scored her 37th career goal Oct. 28, moving her into sole possession of fourth in UD's all-time record book. She needs two more to move into a tie for third all-time with 39.
MAC THE KNIFE
Senior Lauren MacCormick is tied as Dayton's leading scorer this season with eight goals and six assists for 22 points. All three are single-season career highs.
The Dayton women's soccer program owns an overall record of 348-151-37 (.661 winning percentage) since it became a varsity program in 1984.
THIS GIRL IS A KEEPER
Freshman goalkeeper Katherine Boone (13-0-5) leads the Atlantic 10 with a 0.22 goals against average, which is also the best GAA in the country. She has posted a league-best and school-record 12 shutouts and is closing in on UMass's Briana Scurry's record of 15. Her .918 save percentage is also first in the A-10 and third in the nation. Boone was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on Sept. 8 for posting two shutouts in the Hurricane Cup, against Navy and Western Carolina, and again on Oct. 26 for notching shutouts against Rhode Island and UMass.
Freshman Colleen Williams was named the Atlantic 10 Co-Rookie of the Week for her performances in the opening weekend of Conference play. Williams, of Titusville, N.J. , tallied four points in the Flyers' A-10 wins over Temple and George Washington. She had an assist in Dayton`s 4-0 win against Temple in its Atlantic 10 opener at Baujan Field on Friday, Sept. 25. Williams also tallied a goal and an assist in UD's 4-0 shutout of George Washington. She is the Flyers' leading rookie scorer with 17 points (4g, 9a).
FLYER D COMES IN THREES
The defensive trio of junior Allison Giner and sophomores Kelsey Miller and Kathleen Beljan were named the Atlantic 10 Players of the Week (Nov. 2) after breaking the school record for shutouts. Miller was also named to the TopDrawerSoccer Women's College Team of the Week. The Flyers are in the top five in the nation in several categories: first in goals against average (0.245); second in shutout percentage (.737) and save percentage (.912); and third in Won-Loss-Tied Percentage (.868).