Huskies To Open BIG EAST Action Against PC

    Senior Erin Clark looks to lead UConn to victory in the first BIG EAST game of the season.

    Senior Erin Clark looks to lead UConn to victory in the first BIG EAST game of the season.

    Sept. 16, 2010


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    STORRS, Conn. - The UConn women's soccer team will face off against Providence College on Friday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium to open BIG EAST Conference play. The Huskies come into the game with a 4-2-1 record based on a four-game win streak. Providence travels to Storrs with the top record in the BIG EAST American Division. The Friars stand at 6-1-0 in non-conference play. Friday's contest will have live video through uconnhuskies.com/allaccess. Live audio can be heard at www.WHUS.org.

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    LAST TIME OUT: Connecticut defeated CCSU, 5-0, at Morrone Stadium on Sunday, September 12. Sophomore Melissa Busque (St. Bruno, Quebec) led the way with two goals, including the game winner. Busque finished the weekend with three tallies and was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. Connecticut also saw goals from freshman Jessica Frech (Bethesda, Md.), senior Meghan Cunningham (Simsbury, Conn.) and graduate student Angelika Johansson (Falkenburg, Sweden). Junior goalkeeper Jessia Dulski (Pittsford, N.Y.) combined with sophomore Ally Mancino (Belle Mead, N.J.) to earn the shutout.

    FRIDAY FACE OFF: Connecticut begins BIG EAST play against the Friars of Providence College. Game time is set for 7 pm at Morrone Stadium. Friday is the Good Will Game for UConn. All fans who donate an article of clothing at the game receive free admission. All fans who donate also receive a free UConn rally towel.

    SCOUTING PROVIDENCE: Providence comes into Friday's game with the top record in the BIG EAST American division. PC stands at 6-1-0 to start the season. The six non-conference wins are the most for PC under head coach Jim McGirr. The Friars recently defeated CCSU, 3-2, and Bryant, 2-0. Providence has allowed only six goals on the season, recording five shutouts. The Friars are led by senior forward Jill Camburn's 11 points on three goals and five assists. Sophomore Amanda Webster, a transfer from Santa Clara, leads the team with four goals on the season. Sophomore Jenna Roncarati was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll this past week after scoring a goal against CCSU. In goal, PC has split time between junior Caitlin Walker and senior Jill Schott. Schott has allowed a mere .33 goals against compared to Walker's 1.25 goals against average.

    WELCOME HOME: PC assistant coach Jennifer Sullivan is a 2005 graduate of UConn. Sullivan helped lead the 2003 Huskies to the NCAA Final. She was a member of the BIG EAST Championship-winning teams in 2002 and 2004. SERIES HISTORY: The two New England teams have faced off 28 teams since the first meeting in 1983. UConn owns a 27-1 record with the lone defeat coming in the 1993 BIG EAST Final held in Providence, R.I. UConn has shut out the Friars in 22 of 28 meetings, including the last five. All-time, UConn has outscored PC, 109-7.

    BRING ON THE BIG EAST: Connecticut owns a 142-36-18 record all-time against current BIG EAST opponents. UConn owns winning records against every team in the league except Notre Dame (4-20-3).

    BUSQUE HONORED: Melissa Busque put home three goals this past weekend, including two game winners, and was named to the BIG EAST Honor Roll. Busque tallied the game winner in a 2-0 victory over Yale before notching two goals in the 5-0 victory over CCSU.

    DYNAMIC DUO: Melissa Busque and Jessica Shufelt (Rochester, N.Y.) account for eight of the team's fourteen goals this season.

    AS SHE GOES, WE GO: Senior Erin Clark (Somers, Conn.) scored her first goal of the season against Yale (2-0) on Sept. 9. Connecticut stands at 15-0 in the past four seasons when Clark tallies a point. For her career, Clark has recorded 10 goals and eight assists for 28 points.

    FIRSTS: The Huskies had several players tally their first points of the season in the 5-0 victory against CCSU (Sept. 12). Erin Clark, Angelika Johansson and Jessica Frech all tallied their first goals. Jennifer Skogerboe (Leesburg, Va.), Annie Yi (Indianapolis, Ind.), Kacey Richards (Williamstown, N.J.) and Linda Ruutu (Espoo, Finland) all tallied their first assists.

    OVERTIME AGAIN?: Connecticut needed only 90 minutes of soccer on Thursday, September 9 against Yale (2-0). It marked the first game that did not require extra time. UConn played five-straight overtime contests to start the season. The five-straight games are the most in program history.

    SHUFELT NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jessica Shufelt earned several national honors after her impressive performances against Illinois (Sept. 3) and Penn State (Sept. 5). Shufelt scored two goals against both teams and put home the game-winning goal in overtime in both contests. She scored more goals in one weekend (4) than she had recorded in her first two seasons (3) with the Huskies. Shufelt was named CollegeSoccer360.com National Player of the Week, BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week and TopDrawerSoccer.com National Player of the week.

    SHUFELT RISES TO THE OCCASION: Jessica Shufelt notched overtime game winners in back-to-back games on Sept. 3 and Sept. 5. She is the first player to record consecutive game-winning goals in overtime. (Records available until 1993). SLOW START: Connecticut went three games without a win to open the 2010 season. This marked the longest stretch since 1999 when UConn lost the first four games of the season. The Huskies went on to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals in 1999.

    FACING ALL COMPETITION: UConn faced its 100th different opponent when they defeated Illinois, 2-1, on September 3.

    DULSKI REACHES DOUBLE-DIGITS: Junior keeper Jessica Dulski earned her 10th victory as a Husky with a 2-1 defeat over Illinois (Sept. 3) in overtime. 

    FUGOWSKI BACK IN THE MIX: Senior captain Elise Fugowski (Stockholm, N.J.) missed the opening game of the season. Since then she has started five-straight contests and has notched assists in three of the past four games.

    FRESHMAN CONTRIBUTIONS: The Huskies have seen steady contributions from two freshmen in the early part of 2010. Jennifer Skogerboe and Devin Prendergast have both played significant minutes thus far. Skogerboe has started all seven contests at outside back or outside midfielder. Prendergast has seen time in five games this season at center midfield, tallying one goal. Jessica Frech has appeared in three games, registering one goal.