STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team has announced its 18-game regular season slate for the upcoming 2017 season. The Huskies are set to play nine home contests at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium and will face five teams that appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies finished the 2016 season 19-3-1 and an unbeaten 8-0-1 in American Conference action. UConn captured both the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles. UConn advanced to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament.
UConn opens the season with a pair of exhibition matches at home against Boston College on Friday, Aug. 11 and the Boston Breakers Reserves on Aug. 13. The exhibition contests will be free to the public.
UConn will open the regular season on the road at old Big East foe, Syracuse, on Monday, Aug. 21 at 6 p.m. The last meeting between the Huskies and Orange came on Sept. 3, 2015, a 1-0 UConn victory on the strength of a Stephanie Ribiero 75th minute tally.
The Huskies follow up with their home opener against Yale on Friday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. The last meeting against the Bulldogs came back in 2010. The Huskies wrap up the weekend on the road at Rutgers on Sunday, Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. The Huskies have played the Scarlet Knights three times in the past two seasons, including 2015 NCAA Third Round.
Next up, UConn will take part in the CCSU tournament in New Britain, Conn. on Friday, Sept. 1 versus St. Johns at 4:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 3 against the host school, Central Connecticut State University at 6 p.m.
The Huskies finish out the non-conference schedule with three of their last four games at Morrone Stadium. The Huskies play first-time opponent and 2016 NCAA Tournament participant, Arkansas, on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. 2016 Big West Champion Long Beach State on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. and Colorado College on Sunday, Sept. 17 at 12 p.m.
Sandwiched in-between on Sunday, Sept. 10 UConn will travel to Fordham to play the Rams at 1 p.m. The Huskies knocked off the Rams, 4-1, last season in Storrs on Sept. 22.
The Huskies have gone 16-1-1 the past two years in conference play to capture the 2015 and 2016 American Athletic Conference regular season titles. The Huskies begin their road to a three-peat in The American at home on Thursday, Sept. 28 against Cincinnati at 7 p.m. and round out the weekend on Sunday, Oct. 1 versus East Carolina at 1 p.m.
The Huskies first conference road trip starts in Tulsa on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. ET. UConn then heads to Memphis to face the Tigers on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m. ET.
UConn returns home to square off against SMU on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The match against the Mustangs is a rematch of The American Championship game that the Huskies won 2-0 at Morrone Stadium on Nov. 6, 1-0, earning the program its second American Conference tournament championship. UConn will close out the weekend against Houston at 12 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 15.
The Huskies then travel to the Florida schools the following week, playing at UCF on Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and at USF on Sunday, Oct. 22. at 1 p.m.
The regular season finale for the Huskies is at Morrone Stadium against Temple on Friday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m.
The American Championship is set to begin on Nov. 1, with the semifinals scheduled for Nov. 3 and the Championship match on Nov. 5. The No. 1 seed will host all three rounds. UConn has won two of the last three tournament championships in The American
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