Sept. 17, 2009
VILLANOVA, Pa. - The No. 21/26 University of Connecticut men's soccer team (1-1-2) hits the road again as it travels to Villanova and Rutgers to begin BIG EAST Conference play this weekend. The Huskies will face off with Villanova on Friday afternoon at 4:00 p.m. before heading to Rutgers to take on the Scarlet Knights in a 7:00 p.m. Sunday night match-up.
LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies recorded two double-overtime ties this past weekend, battling both No. 6/9 Dartmouth and Iona to scoreless 110 minute contests. Josh Ford made 10 saves throughout the NIKE Hypertherm Classic in Hanover, N.H., recording a season-high seven against host, Dartmouth. For his efforts he was named the Goalkeeper MVP of the Tournament.
On Sunday, he also made his 50th consecutive start in goal for the Huskies, for a new UConn program record.
Live audio of the UConn men's soccer games against Villanova and Rutgers can be heard on 91.7 WHUS and WHUS.org. Live stats are not available during the Villanova contest but will be up and running at Rutgers on Sunday night. Access to live stats can be found at UConnHuskies.com. Live video will also be available at the opponent websites, by visiting either Villanova.com/sports or ScarletKnights.com.
HUSKIES VS. WILDCATS
The Huskies are 12-2-1 against Villanova since their first meeting in 1990, a game in which the Huskies won 1-0 at home. The last match-up between the two programs came in 2006 as the Huskies defeated the Wildcats 2-1 in Storrs.
HOW RUTGERS MATCHES UP
UConn is 10-9-1 against Rutgers as the Huskies last defeating the Scarlet Knights 2-1 in Piscat¬away, N.J. The two programs began competition against eachother in 1982, a contest in which the Huskies won 2-1 in Storrs.
Villanova enters Friday night's contest with a record of 3-1-1. Scoring has been spread around throughout the Villanova roster as seven Wildcats each have one goal. Kyle Soroka and Matt Margiotta have both recorded a goal and an assist for the Wildcats to lead the team with three points each. Soroka is the team's shots leader with 13, with one game-winning goal. Chris Bresnahan has played in all five games for the Wildcats this season as he posts a 0.77 goals against average with 22 saves. He also has two shutouts and a 3-0-1 record.
Head coach Tom Carlin is in his second season with the Wildcats and led them to a 7-10-2 overall record last season.
A LOOK AT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers is 2-2-0 as of Sept. 17. Before hosting UConn, the Scarlet Knights will take on Providence on Friday, Sept. 18 in their BIG EAST Conference opener. Leading the way for Rutgers this season has been Nate Bourdeau with two goals and one assist for five points. Ibrahim Kamara has two goals for his program, while Nye Winslow has a team-high two assists.
Jake Grinkevich has played in all four games in net for the Scarlet Knights, as he has a 2.25 goals against average and 10 saves for a .526 save percentage. This season he has allowed nine goals but has picked up one shutout.
Head coach Bob Reasso is in his 29th season with his program and led the Scarlet Knights to a 6-9-3 overall showing in 2008.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Huskies are 234-237-41 all-time on the road. In 2009, the Huskies are 0-0-1 after battling Dartmouth to a 0-0 double-overtime tie on Friday, Sept. 11. (There were no teams during the 1943-45 seasons and the 1941 and 1942 seasons did not have home/away records available).
IN THE RANKINGS
The Huskies remained in the national rankings in two of the four national polls after recording two double-overtime ties last weekend at the NIKE Hypertherm Classic.
Soccer America has the Huskies as the No. 21 team in the country as of Sept. 14, while College Soccer News labeled the Huskies as the 26th-best team in the nation on its Top-30 Poll. Soccer Times and the NSCAA/adidas rankings have the Huskies receiving votes after their 0-0-2 effort over the weekend.
The Huskies will return home for two BIG EAST Conference match-ups against No. 15/7 St. John's on Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:00 p.m. and Syracuse on Sunday, Sept. 27 at 6:00 p.m.
Friday's home contest will be free to UConn students with a valid ID, while the first 500 fans to donate a soccer ball for KICK FOR NICK will receive a complimentary pair of UConn men's soccer tickets to the Huskies' match against Harvard on Wednesday, Oct. 14.