STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's soccer team, ranked No. 21 in the nation by the United Soccer Coaches, has a busy weekend coming up as it plays a pair of games.
The Huskies open their home season on Friday at 3 p.m. when they play host to Yale at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium (WHUS-91.7 FM, whus.org). The contest is the first of a doubleheader as the UConn men open its season vs. Iona at 7 p.m.
For Friday's game, please be advisded that you should expect traffic and limited parking due to move-in-weekend.
UConn has a quick turnaround as its heads to Piscataway, N.J., on Sunday afternoon to take on perennial power Rutgers at 1 p.m.
The Huskies are 0-0-1 on the young season after posting a tie at Syracuse last Monday. Freshman forward Zoe Steck (Nutley, N.J) scored the lone goal of the game for the Huskies off a pass from senior Tanya Altrui (Branford, Conn.), who picked up an assist on the play.
The Yale game will be the season-opener for Elis who had a 6-7-3 record last season and were 2-4-1 in the Ivy League to tie for sixth place. Yale returns its top five scorers from a year ago and seven players that combined to score 21 of the team's 23 goals. UConn holds a 23-2-2 record against Yale all-time.
The leading returning offensive threat is sophomore Aerial Chavarin, who was a unanimous selection as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year last fall. She led the team in goals (9), assists (5) and points (23). Her nine goals were the most by any freshman in the league and were tied for the third most overall, while her 23 points were third in the league.
Rutgers is ranked 15th nationally in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll and is off to a 2-0 start this year with wins over Loyola Marymount (3-0) and Monmouth (4-0). Rutgers had a 12-5-6 record last year and was 4-2-5 in the Big Ten. Rutgers lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to Georgetown. UConn is 16-5-4 against Rutgers and match up with the Scarlet Knights for the fourth time in three seasons.