Aug. 23, 2012
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STORRS, Conn.- The UConn women’s soccer squad will welcome No. 10 Boston College on Friday evening at 7 p.m. and then host Maine at Morrone Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Huskies enter the weekend with a 1-0-0 record after defeating Vermont 4-2 last weekend to open the season. Connecticut’s original season opener against No. 6 UCLA was cancelled midgame due to inclement weather as the Huskies held a 3-2 advantage over the Bruins. Statistics from the UCLA game do not count.
Both games 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).
Connecticut Women’s Soccer Game Notes:
THE COUNTDOWN BEGINS: Head Coach Len Tsantiris is in his 32nd year at the helm of the Huskies. He currently is the second most winning active women’s soccer coach with an overall record of 492-163-48. 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 as he is eight wins away.
UCONN & BOSTON COLLEGE: UConn has been very successful against the Eagles throughout the two team’s 32 year history as the Huskies own a 26-6-3 advantage. However, Boston College won the last regular season matchup in 2009 with a score of 2-0.
UCONN & MAINE: The Huskies and Black Bears have only faced each other once and the result was a 1-1 draw in 2006.
UCONN DOMINATES VERMONT: The Huskies returned to Morrone on Sunday afternoon despite a disappointing midgame cancellation against No. 6 UCLA on Friday and dominated Vermont. UConn walked away with a 4-2 win over the Catamounts with the offense flourishing and defense shutting down Vermont. The Huskies outshot their opponent 29-3 and saw junior mid Jennifer Skogerboe score twice, while senior Danielle Schulmann and freshman Sam McGuire each scored a goal.
HUSKIES IN OPENING CONTESTS:
UConn continued its stellar performance in season and home openers as they are 26-6-2 in its opening appearance in Storrs after defeating Vermont on Sunday. The Huskies have also fared well in season openers possessing a 23-9-2 mark.
SKOGERBOE SHINES: Junior midfielder Jennifer Skogerboe has been a significant piece of UConn’s puzzle since arriving in Storrs as a freshman, but she recorded her first collegiate goals on Sunday against Vermont when she lifted the Huskies by finding the back of the net twice. The Leesburg, Va. native registered four points with her two goals which is double her career points as she added to her career total of two points on two assists.
DYNAMIC FRESHMEN: The Husky freshmen class is proving their value just one game into the season as three of the new underclassmen registered points on Sunday with Sam McGuire scoring her first collegiate goal, while Andrea Plucenik and Stephanie Ribeiro each dished out an assist.
CHALLENGING 2012 SCHEDULE: Connecticut will face a challenging slate of opponents in 2012 starting with No. 5/6 UCLA which was cancelled midgame due to lightening. Other opponents ranked in the preseason polls are Boston College (10/16), North Carolina (14/19), Marquette (9/13) and Santa Clara (21/25).
PRESEASON BIG EAST NODS: Senior forward Danielle Schulmann and sophomore mid Riley Houle were both named to the 2012 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. Additionally, the league coaches selected the Huskies to finish second in the American Division.
HOME GROWN: 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.).
MIDGAME MISERY: The Huskies held a 3-2 advantage in the second half over No. 6 UCLA in their season opener when lightening forced the game to be delayed. After an hour delay the game was cancelled and the contest’s stats, including Linda Ruutu’s opening net and Danielle Schulmann’s two goals, do not count. The game will not be rescheduled.
WELCOME BACK: A familiar face returns to the UConn bench as former Husky Kacey Richards has joined the staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
TOPDRAWERSOCCER.COM: In addition to the Huskies being ranked No. 22 in TopDrawerSoccer.com’s preseason poll, UConn had two players tabbed to the Top 100 list as Danielle Schulmann was selected 57th and Riley Houle was 94.
2012 CAPTAINS: The Huskies have selected seniors Danielle Dakin and Karen Gurnon as the 2012 captains. Dakin and Gurnon both have played a significant role in defending the UConn net and assisted the backfield in holding 2011 opponents to a .094 shot percentage and 1.29 goals per game.