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STORRS, Conn. -- The UConn women's soccer team (4-1-1) continues a five-game homestand this weekend with a pair of regional opponents. The Huskies will host former Big East rival St. John's (3-3-0) on Friday night at 7 p.m., then welcome Massachusetts (2-3-1) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Connecticut enters the weekend in terrific form, winning their last two games at Central Connecticut and vs. Stony Brook by a combined score of 7-1.
Friday's game against St. John's will be UConn's Friends of Jaclyn Day Match. The Huskies will honor team adoptee Quinn Ostergren prior to the contest. For more info on Quinn and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, click HERE.
UConn welcomes St. John’s to Storrs for the first time as a non-conference foe. The Huskies and Red Storm played 21 times under the Big East banner, with UConn holding a 15-5-1 edge in the all-time series. The last meeting came in 2012, when UConn took a 5-1 decision behind a hat trick from Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.). The game with UMass will be the 38th meeting all-time, most for UConn against any opponent. While the series began in UConn’s first season back in 1979, the sides have not met in a regular season game since 2006. The Huskies hold a slight 20-14-3 edge in the all-time series.
Rachel Hill (Rollinsford, N.H.) was named to The American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll for the third straight time this week. Hill, who has six goals in six games this season, scored at CCSU and potted two goals against Stony Brook. The sophomore standout now has 19 goals in 26 career games for the Huskies.
UConn is back to receiving votes in the most recent NSCAA/Continental Tires Women’s Division 1 National Poll. The Huskies are also ranked No. 2 in the Northeast Region by NSCAA.
SCOUTING THE OPPOSITION
The Red Storm visits Storrs with a 3-3-0 record on the season. Most recently, St. John’s dropped a 4-0 contest at No. 5 Florida State, a future UConn opponent. Rachel Daly leads the offense for St. John’s with five goals, firing a team-high 38 shots on the season. Caitlyn McLaughlin and Shea Connors each have a goal and an assist this season for the Red Storm. Diana Poulin has played every minute in net and holds a 1.49 GAA and a .609 save percentage with a pair of shutouts.
UMass is currently 2-3-1 in 2014, winning an overtime game against New Hampshire in its last outing. Five of UMass’ six games have gone into at least one overtime this season. Megan Burke leads the offense with three goals on 11 shots, and Jackie Burno has scored twice with 23 shots. Danielle Kriscenski has started five games in goal and has accumulated a 1.07 GAA and a .714 save percentage with a shutout.
UConn continues to host next week when it welcomes No. 5 Florida State to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 18. The contest will be broadcast on NSCAA.TV and marks the fifth all-time meeting between the Huskies and Seminoles, a series currently knotted at 2-2-0
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