June 21, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Head coach Ray Reid and the Connecticut men's soccer program will face four teams that participated in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, including home contests against national powers Boston College and St. John's, as UConn's 2012 schedule was announced on Thursday, June 21. UConn will host 10 matches in Storrs while hitting the road for seven games.
2012 Men's Soccer Schedule Notes
- UConn plays host to 10 games, plus two exhibitions, at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs.
- UConn comes into the season with the second-longest active home unbeaten streak in the nation at 25 games (North Carolina - 26).
- The Huskies play seven of the first 10 matches at home.
- Connecticut will face four teams that competed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament: Dartmouth (H), Boston College (H), St. John's (H) and Providence (A and H).
- The Huskies will face four teams that won their respective conference regular season or tournament championship: Dartmouth (Ivy Co-Champion), Boston University (America East Regular Season), St. John's (BIG EAST Tournament) and Marquette (BIG EAST Regular Season).
- Connecticut will play eight matches against teams from the BIG EAST Conference and nine matches against non-conference competition.
- UConn ended the 2011 season ranked second in the nation in total attendance (50,402) and fourth in the NCAA in average attendance (3,600).
Connecticut, ranked No. 5 in the final NSCAA national rankings, opens with exhibitions at home against UMass on August 12 and Stony Brook on August 18. All home contests are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
The regular season starts with seven-straight non-conference matches, beginning with two home games against St. Francis (NY) and Dartmouth on August 25 and August 31, respectively. UConn has defeated St. Francis, 2-0, in back-to-back seasons. Dartmouth finished the regular season as the Ivy League Co-Champion and advanced to the NCAA Second Round in 2011.
Connecticut's first road game of the 2012 campaign will take place at Michigan State on September 3. UConn defeated the Spartans, 1-0, last season in Storrs in the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Pac-12 runner-up Washington comes to Storrs on September 7. Washington owns a 3-1 all-time series edge against the Huskies, including a 1-0 victory in Storrs in the last meeting back in 2004.
Boston University, the America East Regular Season Champion, is set to play in Storrs on September 9. UConn holds a 30-12-2 all-time record against the Terriers, including a 1-0 victory at BU last season. UConn will play the second of three Ivy League opponents when it travels to face Harvard on September 14.
A match against Boston College in Storrs on September 18 will feature the No. 3 and No. 4 (BC) overall seeds from the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Both programs lost in their respective conference tournament championship matches, with BC falling to eventual national champion North Carolina in the ACC Tournament. UConn defeated the Eagles in Boston last season, 2-0.
BIG EAST play opens with rival St. John's at Morrone Stadium on September 22. UConn defeated St. John's, 2-0, in Storrs last season in front of a sell-out crowd but fell in overtime to St. John's at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. with the BIG EAST Tournament Championship on the line.
Yale and UConn will compete in the 66th meeting between the two Connecticut schools on September 25 in New Haven. UConn earned a thrilling 1-0 victory over Yale in double overtime last season.
Notre Dame will come to Storrs on September 29, followed by road contests at Georgetown on October 3 and at BIG EAST Regular Season Champion Marquette on October 6.
The final non-conference match of the season sees Iona of the MAAC come to Storrs on October 9. The Gaels lost just two players to graduation after finishing 15-4-1 in 2011.
The home stretch of the regular season has a home contest against Seton Hall on October 17, followed by a match at Pittsburgh on October 20. The Huskies then face Providence in back-to-back meetings to end the regular season beginning at PC on October 24 and ending at UConn on October 27. Providence advanced to the NCAA Second Round in 2011.
The BIG EAST first round and quarterfinals will take place October 31 and November 3 at campus sites. For the third straight season, the BIG EAST semifinals and final will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J. on November 9 and 11.
UConn lost in overtime of the 2011 BIG EAST Championship to St. John's and eventually earned the No. 3 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Huskies earned a bye in the first round and defeated Monmouth, 2-1, in the second round and James Madison, 3-0, in the third round before falling in penalty kicks to Charlotte after a 1-1 tie in regulation and two overtimes.