Sept. 11, 2009
STORRS, Conn. -The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team will be hosting their annual UConn Classic this year bringing national powerhouses, Penn State, Wake Forest and Boston University into Storrs for the two-day tournament.
Day one will feature a match between two top-25 teams, No. 23 Penn State and No. 8 Wake Forest in a game to begin at 5:00 p.m. The nightcap of the doubleheader will feature UConn adn region al foe, Boston University in a game scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
On day two, Penn State will kick things off once again this time against BU in an 11:30 a.m. game on Sunday. Followed by the Huskies and the Demon Deacons at 2:00 p.m. to close out the tournament!
FOLLOW THE GAME: Gametracker and streaming video are available through UConnHuskies.com. Both games will be broadcasted on a live audio feed on WHUS.org and 91.7 FM.
SCOUTING BOSTON UNIVERSITY: The Terriers are currently 2-1-2 on the season after ending last weekend with a couple of ties against Loyola (Md.) and No. 7 West Virginia.
They began the season on a two-game win streak with victories over Rhode Island and Massachusetts and lost a game to cross-town rival No. 16 Boston College before the two ties that came last weekend.
SERIES HISTORY: UConn and BU have met only four times in the past beginning in 1980. The Huskies took that game with a 9-0 victory. There wasn’t another game between the two teams until 2003 when the Terriers met up with the Huskies in the NCAA tournament. UConn took that game 1-0 en route to their fourth championship game appearance. They met once again in 2005 in the postseason and BU won that rematch 1-0 in double overtime. Last season, the Terriers took a 1-0 decision from the Huskies at Morrone Stadium.
SCOUTING WAKE FOREST: Wake Forest is currently undefeated on the season with six-straight victories and recently just jumped into the top-10 in the polls.
The Demon Deacons have defeated their first six opponents, High Point, UNC-Greensboro, UNC-Wilmington, Loyloa (Md.), Kentucky and East Carolina by a combined score of 19-2 including four shut outs.
SERIES HISTORY: The Huskies and Demon Deacons have only met twice in the past but one of those times was at the UConn Classic where the two battled to a 0-0 tie. Most recently, the two teams met in the 2007 postseason and the Huskies came away with a 1-0 victory.
LAST TIME OUT: The Huskies hosted their season opener last weekend and came away from the long weekend with a pair of 3-1 victories over Harvard and Central Connecticut.
The Huskies came out strong in both games gaining a 2-0 advantage over Harvard before the Crimson fired back cutting the lead in half before halftime. UConn added an insurance goal in the middle of the second half to earn the 3-1 victory. Both Melissa Busque and Linda Ruutu had three-point games for the Huskies in the win.
On Monday, the Huskies defeated CCSU 3-1, this time scoring three quick goals in the first half earning their largest lead in a game since Oct. 17, 2008. Central would get back a goal but it wouldn’t be enough as the Huskies went on to win their second straight. Leading the Huskies was Ruutu who notched two goals on the night.
GOAL SCORING: With their .500 record, the Huskies have actually outscored their opponents this season 8-6. The number of goals scored four games into this season is double the number the Huskies scored during 2008 when they were outscored 6-4 four games into the season.
RUUTU tiennäyttäjänä (LEADS THE WAY): Freshman Linda Ruutu has come out firing during her rookie season leading the team with seven points which comes on three goals and an assist.
Ruutu tallied all of her points during the home opening weekend with a three-point game against Harvard and a two-goal game against Central Connecticut.
THE INTERNATIONAL CONNECTION: Ruutu and sophomore Melissa Busque have been able to find each other on three of the Huskies eight goals. The sophomore forward has recorded an assist on each and every one of her freshman counterpart’s goals.
Busque is a native of Quebec while Ruutu comes to the Huskies from Finland.
TOP TEAMS: In the five games the Huskies have played this season (including the exhibition against Boston College) they have already faced off against two- top-25 teams (BC and Penn State) and against a team that dropped out of the polls right before playing the Huskies (BYU).
RADIO – UConn’s campus radio station WHUS (91.7 FM) has broadcast all of the Husky women’s soccer home games during the regular season, as well as selected road contests… WHUS’ broadcasts can be heard live on the Internet at WHUS.org and will be linked to UConnHuskies.com.
E-MAIL – To receive updated on UConn Soccer, e-mail Betsy Devine at email@example.com with the message “Women’s Soccer E-mail” as the subject.
WEB – Please visit UConnHuskies.com for up-to-date stories, stats, schedules and results, and other UConn athletic department information … Gametracker is available for the majority of women’s soccer games, linked from the front page of UConn’s athletic Web site.
ON THE TUBE: The Huskies appeared on the small screen five times in 2008 … Their match against Providence was broadcasted by Cox Sports, with Mark Brown and former Husky great Jill (Gelfenbein) Laufer calling the action ... When the Huskies traveled down to West Virginia on October 12, the game was available on ESPNU... Finally, just a week later, on Sunday, Oct. 19, the contest vs. Notre Dame was shown on CBS College Sports Television. Their postseason games during the BIG EAST tournament, against WVU and Notre Dame were also shown on tv on the CBS College Sports TV as Ann Schatz and Tammy Blackburn were back on the call.