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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s soccer team is set to open its 2015 season on Friday, Aug. 28 when it welcomes St. Francis (N.Y.) to Joseph J. Morrone Field. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and admission is free for all students with a valid Husky ID.
Fans who are unable to attend the contest can keep up with the action via a radio broadcast on WHUS.org, 91.7 FM or live stats (CLICK HERE).
The Huskies are entering their third season of play in the American Athletic Conference after taking home the league’s regular season crown a season ago. The squad finished the 2014 season with a 10-6-3 overall record, including a 6-1-1 conference mark. On Aug. 18, UConn was chosen as the preseason favorite in The American in a vote of the league’s coaches. Additionally, junior captains Awuah and Jake Nerwinski, as well as sophomore midfielder Cheikh Stephane Coly, were tabbed as Preseason All-Conference selections.
Connecticut sports a 6-0-0 all-time record against St. Francis (N.Y.), including a 1-0 win to begin 2013. Striker Cyle Larin, who was chosen as the No. 1 pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft, notched his first career goal in the victory, scoring the game-winner in the 25th minute.
Connecticut owns a 9-8-1 record under 19th-year head coach Ray Reid in season openers, including a 7-1-0 record since the 2008 campaign.
The Terriers, who were chosen as the preseason favorite in the NEC, captured their sixth conference tournament crown in 2014, earning a berth into the NCAA Tournament. Redshirt-senior goalkeeper Jake Binks was tabbed as an All-NEC First Team member after leading the league in save percentage (.811) and shutouts (10) last season.
Friday’s match will serve as “White Out Morrone” night and fans are encouraged to attend wearing white clothing. The first 500 students to attend the Goal Patrol meeting (6 p.m., Gate 3) will receive a free t-shirt.
To keep up with the team during the season, follow @UConnMSOC on Twitter. Fans are encouraged to use the hashtags #EveryGameMatters or #EGM for the 2015 campaign.