Below find my first Husky sports roundup, with news from today and previous days. I will see how often I post these. As news warrants, I guess.
Football: The season opens Thursday at the Rent vs. Fordham. The game will air on ESPN3.com but no TV broadcast. I may wind up live-blogging this game from my bedroom. Depends on how whether my flooded downstairs is taken care of by then. (Thank you, Hurricane Irene). Stay tuned. Coach Paul Pasqualoni said at the press conference today that there will be three quarterbacks going in the game. Presumably this is Michael Nebrich, Johnny McEntee, and Scotty McCummings. I doubt he’s referring to Driscoll, and Box is leaving the program. We’ve lost a lot of our offense and are ranked 6th in the Big East preseason poll. This will probably be a letdown after our BCS appearance. However, things could change. Our non-conference schedule is relatively weak, and if we go 4-1, we only need 2 conference wins to make a bowl. And most of our defense is returning, so I think we could go 7-5 or 8-4 this year. Or we could go 2-10. We’ll see.
Men’s soccer: Men’s soccer beat St. Francis 2-0 on Saturday afternoon thanks to an own goal and a score from Carlos Alvarez. Next up is Michigan State Thursday at 7:30 PM. . This is a very good squad which could contend for the national title. Goalkeeper Josh Ford graduated, but we return Alvarez, as well as Mamadou Doudou Diouf and several other young players. And true freshman Andre Blake is great in goal. He may not be as good as Ford yet, but he will be better than Josh before he’s done here.
Women’s soccer: Women’s soccer lost the season opener on August 19th to the other Huskies, from Northeastern. Final score 2-1 in spite of jumping out 1-0. But the Huskies came storming back against Colgate on the 25th, winning 3-0. A game against Central Connecticut State on Sunday was canceled because of rain. No makeup date has been announced. We snuck into the NCAA tournament last year after a good showing in the Big East Tournament and are looking to improve. Next up we travel to Winston-Salem for a weekend series. We will take on Wake Forest Friday night at 7:30 before playing Virginia Tech at 11:30 AM Sunday.
Women’s volleyball: Women’s volleyball was at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth. We beat Grambling in the opener but lost two in a row to Texas Tech an the host Horned Frogs. Next up we are at home over Labor Day Weekend for the Toyota UConn classic, a three game, two-day round robin tournament featuring us, Holy Cross, Howard, and Binghamton. We are a long-shot to make the tournament this year.
Field Hockey: In the first game of the Husky Invitational Friday afternoon, the #4 nationally ranked team hammered Hofstra, 7-1. After the Pride took on Stanford on Saturday, we were supposed to face the Cardinal on Sunday. Due to Hurricane Irene, however, it was postponed until today. We won 4-2, thanks to goals by Anne Jeute, Justine Angelini, Ali Blankmeyer, and Chloe Hunnable. Next up, we face #8 Penn State on the road at noon Sunday. The Nittany Lions are fresh off a victory at #3 Virginia, and are looking for another huge victory. We would likely move up to #3 in the first regular season poll (to be released September 5th) if we win that one. We may even move up to #2 since #2 UNC has a tough game at home against #5 Syracuse, and if the Orange win, it may help us. Then again, it may help them leapfrog us. We’ll see.
Stay tuned. Go Huskies!