Oct. 22, 2012
STORRS, Conn.- The University of Connecticut women’s soccer team returns to the BIG EAST Championship on Thursday when they welcome Rutgers to Morrone at 7 p.m. for the first round of the conference tournament. The Huskies (8-7-2, 4-5-1 BE) are back in the tournament after a one year hiatus and received the American Division’s No. 4 seed. Rutgers earned an at-large bid after going 4-0-1 in its last five games as they enter Storrs with a 12-6-1 (5-5-1) record.
Tickets to Thursday’s game are still available, to purchase click here. Admission is free for all students from any BIG EAST school. If you are unable to attend the match be sure to listen live on WHUS locally on 91.7 FM or at WHUS.org.
Connecticut Game Notes:
ONE FROM 500: 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 499-170-50. 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 one win away.
CONNECTICUT’S LAST OUTING: UConn’s most recent game was a thriller under the lights of Morrone Stadium in front of a season-high 1,658 fans as the Huskies downed Providence in dramatic fashion winning it 3-2 in the final second of double-overtime. Jennifer Skogerboe and Andrea Plucenik teamed up for Connecticut’s first two goals of the night with Skogerboe scoring twice and Plucenik dishing out two assists. Linda Ruutu played the role of the hero on Saturday night with her long-range shot as the buzzer sounded in the second overtime to give the Huskies a 3-2 win.
UCONN & RUTGERS: The Huskies own a 14-2-4 all-time record over the Scarlet Knights with the most recent meeting resulting in a UConn 2-0 loss in 2010. The last time the two squads met in the postseason was in the 2006 BIG EAST Quarterfinals with Rutgers advancing to the semifinals after knocking off Connecticut in penalty kicks.
SCOUTING THE SCARLET KNIGHTS: Rutgers comes into Storrs with a 12-6-1 and has gone 4-0-1 in its last five contests with Jonelle Filigno leading the charge and is second in the league with 32 points (1.68 ppg) on 14 goals and four assists. The Scarlet Knights have a drop-off in scoring with Rachel Cole up next with eight points but the squad has a total of 14 student-athletes registering a point this season. Guarding the net for Rutgers is Emmy Simpkins and Jessica Janosz. Simpkins holds a 7-4-1 record with a 0.69 GAA and Janosz is 5-2-0 with a 0.96 GAA.
HUSKIES RETURN TO POSTSEASON: Prior to the 2011 season the Huskies had seen action in every BIG EAST Championship since its start in 1993 and saw great success with eight regular season titles and two tournament crowns. Connecticut was denied a trip to the 2011 first round when Providence ended the season with a 2-1 victory to stamp their ticket to the tournament.
TEN HUSKIES RECORDING POINTS: Connecticut’s statistics prove the team’s depth as 10 Huskies have registered points for UConn with Danielle Schulmann guiding the group with 25 points, Andrea Plucenik and Jen Skogerboe with 13 points and Linda Ruutu with 11.