Huskies Gears Up for Annual UConn/adidas Classic



    The University of Connecticut men’s soccer team will host its annul UConn/adidas Soccer Classic on Friday and Saturday, September 5 and 6 at Connecticut’s Morrone Stadium in Storrs. The Huskies will face off against Boston University on Friday at 7:00 pm, as the Huskies look to take back their 2002 loss to the Terriers. In the night’s earlier game, Georgetown will face the Indiana Hoosiers at 4:30 pm. On Saturday, Indiana will face host UConn in a battle reminiscent to last season NCAA Tournament Third Round game, in which Connecticut claimed the 1-0 win. The second game will pit Georgetown versus Boston University, game time also at 4:30 pm.

    2003 Team Record: 0-2-0

    UConn dropped two games at the Wake Forest Tournament opening weekend … The Huskies were shutout 2-0 against No. 4 Wake Forest and then 3-0 against No. 19 North Carolina … Steve Behonick saw his first collegiate regular season game in net against Wake Forest stopping 10 Demon Deacon shots on goal … Veteran netminder Adam Schuerman returned from the US Under-20 Team’s tournament in Spain to make one save in net against UNC … UConn had four newcomers in the UNC game including three on the back line … The Huskies went 0-1-1 in exhibition play, tying Fairfield (0-0) and falling to Duke (2-1) in a chippy game … Rookie Steve Sealy leads the Huskies in shots with three … UConn was picked to finish second in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll … Cesar Cuellar was named the 2003 BIG EAST Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while Lindon Pecorelli was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team … UConn is currently ranked nationally; 24th (NSCAA), 17th (Soccer America), 21st (CollegeSoccerNews.com) and 18th (Soccer Times) … The Huskies grabbed the national attendance record for the 2002 season in average home attendance and total home attendance … Head coach Ray Reid is in his seventh season at UConn … He is one win shy of the 100-career win mark.


    Boston University
    2003 Team Record: 0-2-0

    BU fell at South Carolina, 4-1, in season opener in Charleston … Anders Ostli scored first collegiate goal in loss and holds BU’s only point in 2003 … Also fell to Boston College on Labor Day, a 2-0 shutout loss … Terriers were selected to finish the America East season in second place behind defending champs Northeastern … The team earned one first-place vote and 66 points in the preseason poll … Boston University returns eight starters and 19 letterwinners from the 2002 squad … BU will face non-conference teams such as Fairfield, UMass, Rhode Island, Brown and Oregon State and Rider at the URI Tournament … The 2003 team has eight freshmen on the roster including all three goalkeepers on the team … Chad Comroe and Zach Riffett each had one start in the Terriers two losses, but Comroe has seen time in two games … Head Coach Neil Roberts is in his 19th year at Boston University … He holds a 222-92-45 overall record and has 18-consecutive win seasons … He ranks 15th in the nation in active win percentage … Boston University is 11-27-1 against UConn since the rivalry began in 1951 … In 2002, BU defeated UConn 1-0 at Nickerson Field in Boston.


    2003 Team Record: 2-0-0

    Georgetown claimed the 2003 DC College Cup opening weekend … In game one, the Hoyas defeated Howard University, 4-0, with two goals from rookie Ricky Schramm … In game two, GU played to a scoreless tie against American, but claimed the Cup title on goal differential, 5-4 … Schramm was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week and Dan Gargan was the Co-Offensive Player of the Week … The title was the first in the three years of the DC College Cup … Georgetown was selected seventh in the BIG EAST Preseason Poll … Jeff Curtin was selected to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team … The 2003 season marks the 50th anniversary of the Georgetown men’s soccer program … Georgetown has earned a spot in the last 11 BIG EAST Championships … In 2002, GU ended the season with a 5-4-1 BIG EAST record and an 8-9-1 overall record … Non-conference opponents for GU in 2003 include Towson, Virginia Military Instituted, Maryland, Navy and Delaware … UConn will face Georgetown in the Huskies last regular season game in Washington, DC on November 1 … Currently, Schramm leads the team with three goals and Gargan and Curtin each have a goal and two assists … Tim Hogan has seen 190:44-minutes in two games, making six saves and allowing one goal against … Keith Tabatznik is in his 20th season at Georgetown … He holds a 191-161-18 overall record.


    2003 Team Record: 1-0-1

    Indiana hosted the IU Classic to open the 2003 season … The Hoosiers defeated California, 3-0, and then tied Alabama-Birmingham, 0-0 … Indiana was picked to win the regular season championship in the 2003 Inaugural Big Ten Preseason Poll … In 2002, Indiana was 6-0-0 in Big Ten play and clinched the regular season championship … The Hoosiers were 15-4-2 overall … IU entered the 2003 season with a 36-match conference regular season win streak and a 39-match unbeaten streak … Since 1991, IU has won nine regular season Big Ten championships and nine tournament titles … Jay Nolly has played both games for IU in net with no goals against and nine saves for two shutouts … Ned Grabavoy has a goal and an assist and Brian Plotkin and Vijay Dias each have one goal apiece … All of IU’s goals in 2003 have been in the first half … Nolly was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and Grabavoy was the Offensive Player of the Week … UConn and Indiana each own two wins apiece in the series dating back to 1978 … Last season, UConn defeated Indiana in Storrs in the third round of the NCAA Tournament in chilly, snowy conditions … Cuellar notched an unassisted tally for the advancement … Jerry Yeagley enters his 31st season at the helm of Indiana and will retire after the 2003 season … He has won five NCAA titles … He has had 15 College Cup appearances and reached the championship game 11 times … Every player who has played at Indiana for four year has been to at least one Final Four … He has lead IU to 27 NCAA appearances and holds an overall coaching record of 527-98-40.