June 12, 2012
STORRS, Conn.-UConn women’s soccer Head Coach Len Tsantiris announced the finalization of the 2012 schedule on Tuesday afternoon. Connecticut looks forward to a challenging 2012 campaign which features five opponents ranked in Top 25 polls and BIG EAST regular season American division champion Marquette.
UConn finished the 2011 season with a 7-8-2 overall record and was 4-5-2 in the BIG EAST. The Huskies, who have 10 home contests in 2012, went 4-2-2 in Storrs last season and registered a 3-5 record on the road.
The Huskies will host two exhibition contests to jumpstart the season when they welcome Northeastern on August 10 at 7 p.m. and LIU on August 12 at 1 p.m. to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The two Husky squads faced off in 2011 with Northeastern prevailing, 2-1, at the home opener.
Connecticut will commence this year’s regular season with a home opener against UCLA under the lights on Friday, August 17 at Morrone Stadium. The Bruins (16-1-4) concluded the 2011 season ranked second in Soccer America’s Top 25 poll and seventh in NSCAA rankings. UConn holds a 1-1 all-time record against UCLA with the last meeting in 2008 when the Bruins were victorious, 3-0.
The Huskies will remain in Storrs on August 19 when Vermont comes to town for a 1 p.m. game. UConn has a 14-1-2 all-time record against the Catamounts who concluded the 2011 season 5-10-4.
Connecticut will have a fight on its hands when the Eagles of Boston College, who reached the 2011 Sweet Sixteen, enter Morrone on August 24 at 7 p.m. The Eagles finished 2011 ranked 22nd in the Soccer America poll with a 12-6-3 overall record and 6-4-0 mark in the ACC. The Huskies have controlled the majority of the history between the two squads as they have a .786 win percentage and a 26-6-3 record. UConn concludes the four-game home stretch on Sunday, August 26 when they host Maine (5-9-1) at 1 p.m.
The Huskies will be tested on their first road trip as they take on two opponents that concluded the 2011 season ranked when they travel to South Bend, Ind. for the Notre Dame Adidas Invitational. The first match will be against North Carolina (13-5-2, 6-3-1 ACC) on August 31 at 5 p.m. The always strong Tar Heels, who were ranked 13/18 in the final polls, have dominated the Huskies in years past owning a 16-2-0 mark against UConn. Connecticut’s second contest of the tournament will be on September 2 versus Santa Clara at 11 a.m. The Broncos ended the season ranked 20/17 after compiling a 13-2-6, 6-1-1 WCC record. UConn is 2-7-0 against Santa Clara and in their last meeting fell 2-1 in a two overtime contest in 2006.
Connecticut returns to Storrs for a midweek game against Marist on Wednesday, September at 7 p.m. before hitting the road for five consecutive contests. The Huskies will take on their intrastate opponent CCSU on September 9 at 7 p.m. It is the first time that UConn and Marist will face off, while the Huskies are 9-1-0 all-time over Central.
UConn kicks off BIG EAST action on September 13 at 7 p.m. at Syracuse (7-8-3, 6-5 BE) before heading to St. John’s on the 16th for a 1 p.m. contest. The Huskies are perfect over the Orange with a 17-0-0 mark with the last victory coming in 2011, 1-0. The Red Storm (9-9-1, 5-6-0 BE) finished one seat atop the Huskies in the 2011 BIG EAST American division after defeating UConn 1-0 in overtime. UConn is 14-5-1 overall against St. John’s.
On September 21, the Huskies will head to Georgetown for a 7 p.m. conference game followed by a trip to Philadelphia to play Villanova on the 23rd at 1 p.m. The Hoyas were finished the 2011 season second in the National division of the BIG EAST with an overall mark of 15-6-0 and 8-3-0 in the conference. The Wildcats were 8-9-2 and 4-4-1 in league play. UConn is 10-2-0 against Georgetown and 14-2-3 against Villanova in all-time history.
The Huskies arrive back at Morrone on September 28 for their first BIG EAST home game as they welcome DePaul for a 5:30 p.m. match. The Blue Devils were last in the National division with a 3-14-1 (1-9-1 BE) record, including a 2-1 loss to UConn who has never lost to their league opponent with a 7-0-0 all-time mark.
Notre Dame will come to Storrs on September 30 for a noon game. The Huskies were shutout, 3-0, by the Irish last season and UConn is 5-21-4 all-time against Notre Dame. The Irish were 10-8-3 (6-3-2 BE) in 2011 and finished third in the National division.
The Huskies host another two-game conference weekend to begin October with USF (6-8-4, 2-6-3 BE) on October 5 at 7 p.m. and Marquette (18-4-0, 10-1-0 BE) on October 7 at 1 p.m. The Golden Eagles ended the 2011 season sharing the top seat of the American division with West Virginia and nationally ranked 16/19. All-time UConn is 5-1-1 against USF and 2-5-0 versus Marquette.
Connecticut’s last road trip will be to Pittsburgh where they will take on the Panthers who were last in the American division in 2011 with a 2-13-4 (1-8-2 BE) record. The October 11th game will start at 7 p.m. The Huskies are 11-2-0 all-time against the Panthers.
UConn will close out the regular season in front of its home crowd on October 20 at 7 p.m. against Providence. Connecticut will look for redemption as the Friars denied the Huskies a BIG EAST Tournament berth in 2011 with a 1-0 win in the final game of the campaign. Providence concluded the season with an 8-9-4 overall record and 5-6-0 conference mark. The Huskies own a .917 win percentage over the Friars with a 27-2-1 all-time advantage.