STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's soccer team officially kicks off the 2017-18 athletic year for the school this weekend when it plays a pair of exhibition matches at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in Storrs.
The Huskies play host to Boston College on Friday night at 7 p.m. and then take on the reserve team of the professional Boston Breakers on Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free to both games.
UConn is coming off a strong 19-3-1 season from last year as it advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament after winning both the American Athletic Conference regular season and tournament titles.
"Things are awesome," said junior defender Liane Keegans (Ridgefield, Conn.). "We've got a young group of freshman coming in and we are looking forward to seeing how they do. We obviously lost some very talented players but we are up for the challenge."
Veteran head coach Len Tsantiris embarks on his 37th year of the women's soccer program in the 2017 season. In 2012, Tsantiris became only the second coach in collegiate women's soccer to reach the illustrious milestone of 500 career victories.
Under his leadership, UConn has advanced to 31 NCAA national tournaments, including 26 straight from 1982-2007. Four of those postseason appearances included visits to the NCAA Championship Game in 1984, 1990, 1997 and 2003.
During his tenure, Tsantiris has created a women's soccer program that has received national attention for the team's successes on and off the field. In his 36 seasons in charge of the UConn women's soccer program, Tsantiris has compiled an outstanding 563-192-56 record.
Boston College had an 11-7-1 record last season and was 3-7 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Eagles and Huskies also kicked off last season with an exhibition game -- a 3-2 BC win.
The Boston Breakers Reserves won the 2016 Women's Premier Soccer League Championship. They feature some of the top, recently graduated collegiate talent in the nation as well as established players with semi-professional and professional experience.