STORRS, Conn. – The No. 8 UConn men’s soccer team opens preseason play against in-state foe Quinnipiac on Sunday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Admission to the match, set for 7 p.m., will be free.
The Huskies, who began practice on Wednesday, will play be two preseason games before their regular season opener at home against Coastal Carolina (Aug. 29). Connecticut’s other preseason match is at home against Boston College at 7 p.m. on Aug. 23.
After finishing last year with a 12-3-8 record and earning their third straight trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals, the Huskies return seven starters, including one All-American (Adria Beso Marco) and four
All-American Athletic Conference First Team selections. Beso Marco (Lleida, Spain), who led Connecticut with 10 assists last season, was named to the MAC Hermann Watch List earlier this month along with 2013 Conference Rookie of the Year Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario).
Sunday’s contest will be the third all-time meeting between the Huskies and Bobcats. The two teams met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season in a game in which former Connecticut striker Mamadou Diouf’s goal in the 80th minute proved to be the difference, as UConn moved past Quinnipiac, 2-1, at Morrone Stadium.
The Bobcats, who are 0-1-1 against the Huskies in a series that dates back to 2004, were picked to finish second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in a preseason poll released in July. Forward Machel Baker, defender Tobias Eshe and goalkeeper Borja Angoitia were all named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team for a Quinnipiac team that tied its second highest win total (9) last season under eight-year head coach Eric Da Costa.