STORRS, Conn. -- The reigning American Athletic Conference champion UConn women's soccer team has announced a challenging 18-game slate for the upcoming 2015 season. The Huskies will play nine games at the friendly confines of Joseph J. Morrone Stadium and challenge six opponents that played in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
UConn went 14-5-5 in the 2014 season, capturing the American Athletic Conference Championship crown and reaching the second round of the NCAA Women's Soccer Championship. The Huskies return eight starters from last year's club including The American Co-Offensive Player of the Year Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.).
After a pair of exhibition contests against Boston College on Aug. 10 and the University of Montreal on Aug. 14, UConn opens the regular season with a home tilt against Colgate on Aug. 21. The Raiders went 14-3-2 last season and won the regular season Patriot League title.
The Huskies hit the road for the first time to close the month of August, visiting perennial power Georgetown on Aug. 27 and Navy on Aug. 30. UConn returns home to kick off a three-game home stretch with former conference rival Syracuse on Sept. 3, before hosting 2014 NCAA Tournament club Harvard on Sept. 6 and Army West Point on Sept. 11.
A five-game road trip from the middle to end of September concludes non-conference action and begins a nine-game American Athletic Conference slate. Connecticut visits another former conference foe with a trip to Rutgers on Sept. 13, and then stays local for regional trips to Central Connecticut on Sept. 18 and Brown on Sept. 20. Former Husky Jen Prozzo is an assistant on the CCSU staff and is the sister of UConn Associate Head Coach Margaret Rodriguez.
Conference action kicks off on Sept. 24 with South Florida, before the Huskies visit Central Florida three days later. UConn advanced past both Sunshine State clubs during its run to the conference tournament title last season. The Huskies will play their next three league matches in Storrs, hosting Temple on Oct. 2 before East Carolina visits on Oct. 8 and Cincinnati comes to town on Oct. 11.
The Huskies close out their regular season road portion with visits to Memphis on Oct. 15 and Tulsa on Oct. 18 before they host a pair of Texans with Houston on Oct. 22 and SMU on Oct. 25 to conclude the regular season. The American Championship begins with first round play on Oct. 29 at campus sites and quarterfinal action on Nov. 1 also at host sites. The semifinals and finals will take place on Nov. 6 and 8 at SMU's Westcott Field in Dallas.