Plucenik and the Huskies head to South Bend for Notre Dame adidas Invitational
Aug. 30, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – The UConn women’s soccer team hits the road for the first time in the 2012 campaign as they face a challenging weekend at the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. The Huskies will play two neutral matches as they take on No. 19 North Carolina at 5 p.m. on Friday and No. 24 Santa Clara at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Both games will be broadcasted live on WHUS at WHUS.org or locally on 91.7 FM.
A LOOK AT THE HUSKIES: The Huskies enter the Notre Dame adidas Invitational with a 2-1 record with freshmen forward Sam McGuire leading the way with three goals and an assist to tie for a team-leading seven points. Joining McGuire with seven points is senior Danielle Schulmann who has registered two goals and team-high three assists. McGuire has scored a goal in three consecutive games and Schulmann has tallied an assist in each of UConn’s three contests. UConn is outshooting opponents 60-29 and outscoring opponents 10-6.
ROAD UNTRAVELED: The Huskies will hit the road for the first time of the 2012 campaign as they were slated to begin the season with two exhibition and four regular season contests prior to the Notre Dame adidas Invitational. UConn was 3-6-0 in games played away from Morrone Stadium in 2011 and only played in one neutral site match falling to Virginia Tech.
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 493-164-48. 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 seven wins away.
UCONN & UNC: UConn and North Carolina have a historic rivalry that dates back to 1981. The Tar Heels have ruled the past holding a 16-2 all-time mark over the Huskies. Four of Connecticut’s losses to UNC came in the NCAA championship match in 1984, 1990, 1997 and 2003. The most recent meeting between the two squads was in 2006 with the Huskies falling 3-2.
UCONN & SANTA CLARA: The Huskies and Broncos have met nine times and the Huskies have walked away with two victories in the all-time series. The Huskies lost a hard fought 2-1 double overtime battle in the two team’s last meeting in 2006.
HUSKIES IN THE BIG EAST: Connecticut leads the BIG EAST in points with 30 (10 ppg), goals with 10 (3.33 gpg) and is second in assists with 10 (3.33 apg). Individually, Sam McGuire and Danielle Schulmann are both making strides as top players in the conference as both are part of a four-way tie for third place in points and points per game with seven (2.33 ppg). McGuire is a member of a seven-way draw for second place in goal with three. Schulmann and Jennifer Skogerboe are in a pool of nine with two goals for ninth place in the league.
ROLE CHANGE: Senior forward Danielle Schulmann ended the 2011 campaign as the Huskies leading offensive threat with seven goals and an assist for 15 points. While still owning a team-high seven points three games into 2012 her role has changed from last year. Several Huskies have joined Schulmann as scoring threats allowing the senior to show her unselfish nature. Rather than leading the Huskies in goals she now leads the squad in assists with three.
FABULOUS FRESHMEN: The Husky freshmen class is proving their value just three games into the season as three of the new underclassmen have registered points with Sam McGuire scoring a goal in three consecutive games, while Andrea Plucenik and Stephanie Ribeiro have each dished out an assist and scored a goal.