No. 18 Huskies Head to Dartmouth for a Two-Game Weekend Tournament

Freshman Jossimar Sanchez talks to reporters after the Huskies' 2-0 win over St. Peter's last week.
Freshman Jossimar Sanchez talks to reporters after the Huskies' 2-0 win over St. Peter's last week. UCONNHUSKIESDOTCOM

Sept. 9, 2009

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Game #3: No. 12/18 UConn vs. No. 6/9 Dartmouth >>>>> Game #4: vs. Iona

Date: Friday, Sept. 11 & Sunday, Sept. 13 Time: 7:00 p.m. (EST)/ Noon (EST)
Stadium: Burnham Field (2,000) Location: Hanover, N.H.
Series Record: UConn leads Dartmouth series 23-16-1; UConn leads Iona series 1-0-0
Last Meeting: vs. Dartmouth: Oct. 15, 2008; UConn won 2-1; vs. Iona: Sept. 13, 1995; UConn won 8-1

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The No. 18/24 University of Connecticut men's soccer team (1-1-0) travels to Hanover, N.H. for a two-game weekend tournament against host No. 6/9 Dartmouth College (2-0-0) on Friday night and Iona College (3-0-0) on Sunday afternoon.

The Huskies picked up their first loss of the 2009 season as they dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 23/24 Boston University on Sept. 5. BU's Aaron O'Neal scored twice in the last five minutes of the contest to clinch the victory for the Terriers. It was just the first time since Sept. of 2008 in which the Huskies allowed three or more goals to an apponent. Josh Ford made three saves in goal for UConn as the Huskies were out-shot 14-13 overall.

The Huskies are 23-16-1 against Dartmouth since their first match in 1935, a game in which the Big Green won 3-2 on Nov. 9 in Storrs, Conn. The last match-up between the two programs came in 2008 as the Huskies defeated the Big Green 2-1 (Oct. 15) at Morrone Stadium. UConn is 1-0-0 against Iona, defeating the Gaels by a score of 8-1 on Sept. 13, 1995 in Storrs.

No. 6/9 (Soccer America & College Soccer News) Dartmouth has opened the 2009 season with two wins after shutting out both St. Peter's and Northeastern by scores of 7-0 and 1-0 at Burnham Field last week. Led by Kevin Dzierzawski and Daniel Keat, the Big Green averages four goals per game and 16.5 shots per game. Dzierzawski has five points for his team on one goal and three assists, while Keat has a team leading two goals for four points. Both Lyman Missimer and Sean Donovan have started in net for Dartmouth and have both earned shutouts and wins this season.

The Dartmouth goalkeepers have not yet been tested as they each only have one save to their name on two shots on goal by their opponents. Head coach Jeff Cook enters his ninth season at Dartmouth as he boasts an overall record of 67-47-25 with the Big Green.

The Gaels are 3-0-0 on the year, beginning the season with victories over New Hampshire (1-0), Georgia Southern (2-0) and North Florida (3-2). Iona shutout New Hampshire at home prior to traveling to Orlando, Fla. for the UCF Classic, where the Gaels remained undefeated.

Giovanni Destasio leads the way for the Gaels with four points on two goals, while Fernando Liserra also has four points on one goal and two assists. The Gaels are averging two goals and 10.2 shots per game. Nils Binstock has recorded 10 saves and an .833 save percentage this season with a 3-0 record, while tallying two shutouts. Head coach Fernando Barboto is in his seveth season with the Gaels after leading them to an 11-6-1 record in 2008.

The Huskies are 234-237-40 all-time on the road. (There were no teams during the 1943-45 seasons and the 1941 and 1942 seasons did not have home/away records available).

UConn is 15-12-4 when playing at a neutral site with an opponent. The Huskies will face Iona on Sunday, Sept. 13 at noon, which will be UConn's first neutral site game since their 5-1 loss to Saint Louis in 2006 at the Indiana Tournament in Bloomington, Ind. (There were no teams during the 1943-45 seasons and the 1941 and 1942 seasons did not have home/away records available)

The Huskies remained in the national rankings in all four polls despite their 3-0 loss to No. 23/24 Boston University on Sept. 5. As of Sept. 8, the NSCAA/adidas Poll had UConn ranked No. 25, while Soccer America had the Huskies as the No. 18 team in the country. Soccer Times put the Huskies at No. 24 as College Soccer News labeled the Huskies as the 24th-best team in the nation.

For the opening week of the 2009 regular season, the BIG EAST Conference tagged Providence's Tim Ritter as the league's Offensive Player of the Week, while St. John's earned both defensive and goalkeeper weekly honors for the efforts of Ben Clack and Derby Carrillo. Cincinnati's Kit North earned the Rookie of the Week honor for the Bearcats.

The Huskies continue their four-game road trip as they travel to Villanova, Pa. to open up BIG EAST Conference action against the Villanova Wildcats. The Huskies will continue on to Piscataway, N.J. on Sunday, Sept. 20 for a BIG EAST match-up with Rutgers before returning to Storrs. The game against Villanova will begin at 4:00 p.m., while the Rutgers' contest is set for 7:00 p.m.