Oct. 27, 2012
The UConn women's soccer team returns to action on Sunday at 2 p.m. when they take on No. 16 Marquette (13-2-2) in the BIG EAST Quarterfinals in Milwaukee. The Huskies improved to 9-7-2 on the season as they defeated Rutgers 3-1 in the first round and earned head coach Len Tsantiris his 500th career victory. Connecticut's match can be heard live on WHUS at WHUS.org or locally at 91.7 FM.
Connecticut women's soccer game notes:
500 CAREER WINS: 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 500-170-50. Tsantiris is only the second coach to record 450 or more wins and became only the second coach to total 500 wins with a 3-1 win over Rutgers on October 25.
HUSKIES LAST OUTING: Connecticut downed Rutgers 3-1 on Thursday in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship with four Huskies recording points. Linda Ruutu, Riley Houle and Gabby Charno each found the back of the net, while Andrea Plucenik dished out two assists. It was Charno's first career goal. The Husky defense was stout allowing the Scarlet Knights to get off only eight shots compared to UConn's 22. Keeper Jess Montrose tallied one save and allowed one goal.
HUSKIES & GOLDEN EAGLES: The Huskies are 2-5-1 all-time against Marquette with the most recent meeting resulting in a 1-1 tie on October 7 when the No. 20 Golden Eagles came to Storrs. Jen Skogerboe evened the game in the 63rd minute on a penalty kick after getting fouled inside the box by a MU defender. This will be the first time the two squads are meeting in postseason action.
SCOUTING MARQUETTE: The No. 16 Golden Eagles earned a first round bye after securing the No. 1 seat and the American Division regular-season title. Marquette enters the contest with a 13-2-2 overall record and finished the 2012 campaign with a 9-0-1mark in league action. Maegan Kelly leads the way with 24 points on seven goals and 10 assists, while Taylor Madigan has 16 points (7 g, 2 a) and Kate Reigle totals 15 points (5 g, 5 a). Goalie Amanda Engel has notched a 9-0-1 mark on the season with a 0.57 GAA.
HUSKIES IN BIG EAST QUARTERFINALS: UConn has reached eight BIG EAST Quarterfinals in the last ten years and has compiled a 4-2-2 mark in the second round of the conference championships. The Huskies most recent trip to the quarters was in 2010 where they defeated eventual National Champion Notre Dame 2-0 in South Bend.
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.
PASSING PLUCENIK: Redshirt freshman forward Andrea Plucenik is second on the team with 15 points after adding two more assists to her name in Thursday's 3-1 win over Rutgers. This was Plucenik's second consecutive match dishing out two assists.
ELEVEN HUSKIES RECORDING POINTS: Connecticut's statistics prove the team's depth as 11 Huskies have registered points for UConn with Danielle Schulmann guiding the group with 25 points, Andrea Plucenik has 15 point, while Jen Skogerboe and Linda Ruutu have 13.
DRAMATIC WIN OVER PC: UConn's final regular-season thriller under the lights of Morrone Stadium came 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.
HUSKIES AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS: UConn is 0-3-2 in 2012 when facing a ranked opponent with the most recent resulting in a 1-1 draw at home against No. 20 Marquette.