UConn Sports Roundup, Sepetmber 17th (UPDATE 2 PM)


Men’s Soccer: The Huskies defeated the Boston University Terriers 1-0. The game against the unranked home team was tightly contested throughout before Allando Matheson scored his first career goal to put the Huskies up for good. Over the last few year, Boston University has given us a lot of trouble so this is a good win. Next up, we travel to Boston College to face the Eagles at 7:30 PM on Tuesday night. That game is available on WHUS org streaming videos on bceagles.com. Read the officicial press release on the game here.

Football: The Huskies suffered a disappointing loss  24-20 to the visiting Iowa State Cyclones to fall to 1-2 on the season. We had a lot of chances but couldn’t capitalized, pretty much the same story as the Vanderbilt game. If we keep playing like this it could be a long year. We have a week non-conference schedule and have Buffalo and Western Michigan remaining. If we can win both of those games we only need to go 3-4 in Big East play to make a bowl game. That’s certainly doable. But we have to improve our ability to capitalize on our opportunities.

Women’s Volleyball: The Huskies opened the Hokie Classic with a 3-0 sweep of Chatanooga to improve to 7-4 on the season. Next up they will take on Virginia today at 1:00 PM and host Virginia Tech at 7:00 PM. Then, the Huskies will open up Big East play with a road trip to Cincinnati and Louisville.

Field Hockey: The #4 Huskies open up Big East play tonight at noon against unranked Villanova then will host Boston College on Sunday at 2:00 PM. Both games can be seen live on Huskies All-Access. The Huskies can move up in the rankings with a win thanks to a loss by #1 UNC to #2 Old Dominion. So this is a big weekend.


Update:
Field Hockey defeated Villanova 6-0 to win their conference opener. Ali Blankmeyer and Chloe Hunnable led the way with two goals each and Marine Elene Bolles and Justine Angelini added a goal each for the major victory. The game vs. the #8 BC Eagles will be huge tomorrow, and if we win that we may very well be ranked #3 in the nation. On next Saturday (September 24th) we will take on Providence on the road looking to stay perfect, then on September 28th we host UMass, who received votes in the last coach’s poll. We then have a somewhat big home game vs. RV Louisville on October 1. The Cardinals were expect to contend for the Big East championship, but it looks like at this point that if someone’s going to challenge the ACC from the Big East, it’s going to be UConn or Syracuse. The Huskies and Orange face off Sunday, October 23 in Storrs. But the Big East Tournament is in Syracuse the first weekend in November and who wins that could very well host a regional in the NCAA Tournament which carries with it additional home field advantage. That’s pretty far down the road though, and they came into our place and beat us last year so it wouldn’t be surprising for us to do the same to them.

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