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Huskies Take on St. John's & Syracuse in BIG EAST Soccer Action

Sept. 24, 2009

Game #7: vs. No. 18/11 St. John's (2-1-3, 1-0-1 BIG EAST)
Date: Friday, Sept. 25, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Stadium: Morrone Stadium
Location: Storrs, Conn.
Series Record: St. John's leads the series against UConn 12-11-4.
Last Meeting: STJ, 3-0 on 9/26/08;

Game #8: vs. Syracuse (1-6-0, 0-2-0 BIG EAST)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Stadium: Morrone Stadium
Location: Storrs, Conn.
Series Record: UConn leads the Syracuse series 21-10-3.
Last Meeting: UConn, 1-0 (2ot) on 9/28/08

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The University of Connecticut men's soccer team (2-2-2) returns home after a four-game road trip over the last two weeks that began in Hanover, N.H. at Dartmouth's NIKE Hypertherm Classic and that ended in Piscataway, N.J. in a BIG EAST battle with Rutgers.

UConn will begin a four-game home stand beginning on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. with a BIG EAST Conference showdown between the Huskies and the 11th-ranked Red Storm from St. John's (2-1-3). The Huskies follow that performance with another conference match-up against the Syracuse Orange (1-6-0) on Sunday night at 6:00 p.m.

The Huskies opened up BIG EAST play on the road with games at Villanova and Rutgers on Friday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 20. After coming from behind to defeat Villanova 2-1, the Huskies dropped a 2-1 decision to Rutgers as BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week, Yannick Salmon, recorded two goals for the Scarlet Knights.



In the Huskies' 2-1 win over the Wildcats, Robert Brickley scored his first career goal on a penalty kick to tie the game at one before junior transfer Alan Ponce scored his second game-winning goal of the year to give the Huskies' the vistory. Ponce added an assist in UConn's loss to Rutgers two days later, as sophomore Tony Cascio recorded his first goal of the season, marking the Huskies' only goal of the contest.

The Huskies are 11-12-4 against St. John's since their first meeting in 1981, a game in which the Huskies won 7-0 on Oct. 25 of that year. The last match-up between the two programs came in 2008 as the Huskies fell to the Red Storm 3-1 in their first loss of the season. At Morrone Stadium, the Huskies are 9-4-1 against St. John's all-time.

UConn leads the series with the Orange 21-10-3 all-time, dating back to 1982, while the Huskies have won the last five contests. In 2008, the Huskies defeated Syracuse 2-1 in double overtime and are 16-3-1 against Syracuse at home.

St. John's enters Friday's match-up with a 2-1-3 overall record and a BIG EAST tally of 1-0-1 after battling Seton Hall to a 0-0 double overtime tie on Sunday, Sept. 20.

This season the Red Storm are led by Sverre Wegge Gundhus, who has a team-high five points on two goals and one assist in six starts. 2008 BIG EAST Midfielder of the Year, Nelson Becerra leads the Red Storm with two assists (and has one goal). Adam Himeno and Tadeu Terra both have goals on the year as well. In goal, Derby Carrillo has played in all six games for the Red Storm, while allowing just two goals. He has also made 19 saves this season.

Head coach Dr. Dave Masur is in his 19th season at St. John's, while he and his staff earned 2008 BIG EAST Coaching Staff of the Year honors.

Syracuse is 1-6-0 overall on the year and 0-2-0 in league play as of Sept. 24. Before traveling to Storrs, the Orange have a BIG EAST contest at Providence on Friday, Sept. 25. Leading the way for Syracuse this season have been seniors Hansen Woodruff and Tom Perevegyencev, who are tied with a team-high seven points and three goals.

The Orange are averaging 14.9 shots per game but only one goal per contest, while allowing two goals per game from their opponents. Ryan Jones has played in six games for the Orange in net, while Evan Johnson has played in two. Jones has 34 saves, while allowing 10 goals in just over 516 minutes played. Johnson has allowed four goals in his one loss of the season.

Head coach Dean Foti is in his 19th season with the Orange as he boasts an overall record of 139-162-33 while at Syracuse.

UConn assistant coach Kevin Bacher will be facing the program he excelled with during his collegiate career as the Huskies take on Syracuse on Sunday night. Bacher, a goalkeeper for the Orange from 1997-2000, still ranks fifth on both Syracuse's career saves (243) and wins (24) lists.

Kris Bertsch, who served as UConn's Director of Soccer Operations for four seasons, recently joined the Syracuse coaching staff after helping the Huskies' to a 57-18-11 record during his tenure in Storrs.

After UConn's two-game weekend, the Huskies will host Georgetown in BIG EAST Conference action on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:00 p.m. at Morrone Stadium.

The Saturday contest features Max Out Morrone and Tailgate Night promotions as the first 100 fans at the game will receive a FREE UConn bleacher seat. UConn students will also be admitted free at the Saturday night contest. To get your FREE ticket, bring a valid student ID to the UConn Ticket Office on Monday-Thursday, Sept. 28-Oct. 1 from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.