Danielle Dakin and the Huskies open the season at home on Friday at 7 p.m.
Aug. 16, 2012
The UConn Huskies women's soccer team opens the 2012 regular season Friday night against the UCLA Bruins at Morrone Stadium. Friday's contest begins at 7 p.m. and will be broadcasted live on WHUS at WHUS.org or locally on 91.7 FM. For ticket information visit UConnhuskies.com/tickets or call 1-877-AT-UCONN (1-877-288-2666).
UConn has been fantastic in home openers, with a record of 25-6-2. The Huskies are also an impressive 22-9-2 in season openers.
Head Coach Len Tsantiris is entering his 32nd year at UConn, and is currently the second most winning active women's soccer coach with an overall record of 491-163-48. Tsantiris is only the second coach to record 450 or more wins and is en route to becoming only the second coach to reach 500 victories.
On the field, the Huskies are led by 2012 Preseason All-BIG EAST selections senior forward Danielle Schulmann and sophomore mid Riley Houle. Schulmann led the Huskies last season with seven goals, including three game-winners. Houle also added three goals and an assist. League coaches have selected the Huskies to finish second in the American Division of the BIG EAST.
The roster is made up 19 underclassmen, including 12 true freshmen. Five out of UConn's 12 newcomers hail from the state of Connecticut. Monica Dahlgren (Danbury, Conn.), Allison Gallo (Tolland, Conn.), Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.), Krystina Jackson (Windsor, Conn.) and Allison Saucier (Rocky Hill, Conn.).
In their only preseason contest, the Huskies dominated LIU-Brooklyn 2-1. They outshot the Blackbirds 15-3 and Schulmann and fellow senior Linda Ruutu netted the goals. The regular season schedule gets significantly more challenging, however, as the Huskies are slated to play 5/6 UCLA Friday, as well as five other teams ranked in the preseason polls, including North Carolina (4/8), Boston College (11/18), Marquette (14/16), Santa Clara (13/17) and Notre Dame (12).
The Huskies were 2-3 last season against ranked opponents. Overall the team was more successful at home last year, tallying a 4-2-2 record in Storrs, while going 3-5 on the road and losing one neutral site game.
The Huskies and Bruins have met three times prior to Friday's season opener with UCLA owning a 2-1 advantage. The last time the two squads met was at the 2008 UConn Classic where the Huskies were shut out 3-0 at Morrone Stadium.