Tsantiris announces 2013 schedule
May 28, 2013
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team released its 2013 schedule as announced by head coach Len Tsantiris on Tuesday afternoon. The 19-game schedule features the Huskies hosting 13 home games, the most contests hosted by the program since 1987.
UConn finished the 2012 season with a 9-8-2 record and advanced to the BIG EAST Quarterfinals where the Huskies fell at No. 16 Marquette by a score of 4-1. During the 2012 campaign, Tsantiris notched his 500th career victory with UConn’s 3-1 win over Rutgers on October 25. He became only the second coach to reach this illustrious milestone in NCAA women’s soccer.
"The quality and strength of our nonconference schedule illustrates our continued commitment to playing the top teams in the country and preparing the team to succeed in conference and in the NCAA Tournament,” Tsantiris stated. “Home games against NCAA Tournament teams; Wisconsin of the Big 10, Stanford of the PAC 12, LaSalle of the A10 as well as Georgetown and traditional rivals Syracuse, Central Connecticut, Maine and Dartmouth should offer a number of different and unique challenges in our nonconference schedule."
The Huskies open 2013 with an exhibition contest against UMass in Storrs on Saturday, August 17 at 7 p.m. Following the preseason matchup, UConn will kick-off the regular season with a challenging weekend at home when two teams who reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin and Stanford, enter Storrs. The Huskies will face the Badgers on August 23 at 7 p.m. followed by the Cardinal on August 25 at 6 p.m. Stanford ended 2012 ranked No. 3 in the nation after reaching the College Cup and a Pac-12 Championship with a final record of 21-2-1.
UConn will travel north for its first road match of the season and first of five midweek games when the Huskies face Boston College on Wednesday, August 28 at 7 p.m. The Eagles, who defeated the Huskies 4-3 in 2012, concluded the season with an 11-8-3 mark and an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The squad returns to the Nutmeg State on September 1 to continue its nonconference slate with a 1 p.m. start against intrastate rival Central Connecticut. The Huskies own a 10-1 all-time record over the Blue Devils with the most recent meeting resulting in a UConn 4-1 win in 2012.
Remaining at Morrone Stadium, Connecticut welcomes two familiar foes the second weekend in September when Maine (9/6) and Syracuse (9/8) enter Storrs. In 2012, the Huskies downed Maine, 3-0, before falling to then-conference opponent Syracuse, 3-2. The Orange were able to snap UConn’s perfect record as the Huskies are now 17-1 all-time over Cuse.
Connecticut returns to Boston on September 13, but this time will face the Terriers of Boston University at 7 p.m. BU concluded 2012 with a 67 RPI after compiling a 12-6-1 record and winning its sixth straight America East regular season title.
The Huskies arrive back in Connecticut for a five-game home stretch where the team will play three nonconference matches before opening their first-ever American Athletic Conference campaign. Jumpstarting the period in Storrs will be a contest with Dartmouth on September 15.
"We are excited by and looking forward to playing in the new American Athletic Conference. We will have a chance to begin new rivalries while playing a challenging conference schedule that includes Top-25 programs like Memphis and Central Florida all in outstanding facilities," Tsantiris finished.
Up next for the Huskies will be back-to-back opponents who reached the 2012 NCAA Tournament in LaSalle and Georgetown. The Explorers are coming off a historic 2012 campaign which featured a single-season win record (17-5-1), winning their first A10 Championship title and advancing to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Hoyas concluded last season ranked No. 17 in the nation following a 16-4-3 overall record and the team’s first regular season BIG EAST National Division title. Despite falling 4-0 to the Hoyas last season, Connecticut is 10-3 all-time against Georgetown.
Connecticut will play in its opening AAC conference games on Thursday (9/26) and Sunday (9/29) at Morrone Stadium when they face SMU at 7 p.m. and Houston at 1 p.m., respectively. The Huskies and Mustangs have only faced each other once with Connecticut earning a 4-0 win in 1996, while this will be the first meeting between UConn and the Houston Cougars.
The Huskies will hit the road and head to the Sunshine State for back-to-back AAC contests against UCF and USF the first weekend of October. The Knights are coming off an impressive 2012 campaign where they posted a 17-5-2 record, reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament ultimately falling to Florida and won the program’s first Conference USA Tournament Championship. The Bulls are a familiar foe for the Huskies with UConn holding a 5-2-1 all-time record despite a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to USF (11-5-4) in 2012.
The team returns to Morrone Stadium for their final three home games of the regular season. The three-game home stretch begins on Friday, October 11 with a 7 p.m. game against conference foe Temple. The Owls finished 2012 with a 5-12-3 record.
Cincinnati and Louisville come to Storrs next as the Huskies take on the Bearcats on Thursday, October 17, and the Cardinals on Sunday, October 20. Cincinnati finished 2012 with a 4-13-1 overall record, while UofL went 10-4-4. The Huskies are 2-1-2 all-time against the Bearcats and 2-0-2 against Louisville.
UConn will round out the regular season with a two-game conference road trip beginning at Rutgers on October 24 for a 7 p.m. matchup. The Huskies and Scarlet Knights have faced each other 21 times with UConn owning a dominating 15-2-4 all-time mark. Connecticut defeated Rutgers, 3-1, on October 25, 2012 to give Tsantiris his 500th career win and solidify a trip to the 2012 BIG EAST First Round.
The regular-season will conclude in Memphis, Tenn. where the Huskies and the Tigers will meet on Sunday, October 27 for a 1 p.m. game. This is the first time in program history the two squads will meet. Memphis concluded the 2012 campaign with a 10-7-1 overall record.
2013 Women’s Soccer Schedule Notes
- The Huskies will host 13 home games, plus an exhibition, in 2013. This is the most home games Connecticut has hosted since 1987 when the team played in Storrs 15 times.
- Connecticut will play three teams who finished the 2012 season ranked in the top-20 of the final NSCAA poll.
- UConn faced seven of its 2013 opponents in the 2012 campaign and went 3-4 with losses to Boston College, Syracuse, Georgetown and USF.
- Connecticut will play a total of 19 regular season games, 13 at home and six away.
- The Huskies open the season with 10 nonconference contests.
- Connecticut’s 2013 schedule features four opponents which the Huskies have not played throughout program history. Three of the four are American Athletic Conference teams in Houston, Temple and Memphis.