Aug. 22, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's soccer team has been ranked No. 1 in the Soccer America preseason poll. The Huskies are followed in the rankings by Akron, Maryland and UC Santa Barbara. Defending National Champion North Carolina is No. 6. UConn is one of four BIG EAST programs in the preseason Soccer America rankings.
Connecticut was recently selected No. 4 in the NSCAA preseason rankings and was chosen as the preseason favorite in the BIG EAST Blue Division by the league's 15 coaches. Junior Mamadou Doudou Diouf was the preseason Offensive Player of the Year while sophomore Andre Blake was named the unanimous preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.
The Huskies open the season against St. Francis at home on Saturday, August 25 at 7 p.m. Fans can follow the action on the radio at WHUS.org, 91.7fm. The game will also be streamed live through UConnHuskies.com. UConn owns the nation's second-longest active home unbeaten streak at 25 games heading into Saturday's contest.
For student season ticket information, please call the UConn Ticket Office at 860-486-2724 or toll free at 1-877-AT-UCONN. Tickets can also be purchased through UConnHuskies.com and at the Morrone Stadium ticket booths beginning one hour before the start of the match.
For information on how to join the Goal Patrol, the one and only UConn student support group, please contact Director of Soccer Administration Kevin Mellon at 860-486-1243.
St. Francis finished 2011 at 10-5-3 with a 5-3-2 record in the Northeast Conference. The Terriers return leading scorers Gabriel Bagot and Adam Maabdi to the lineup this year. In 2011, Bagot notched eight goals and three assists for 19 points while Maabdi finished with five goals and six assists for 16 points.
UConn is 5-0 all-time against St. Francis, including 2-0 victories in 2010 and 2011.