Huskies look to pick up first win
Tsantiris hopes young squad can endure tough early test
Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 00:08
UConn will travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass. and play another talented team at Boston College tonight at 7 in search of its first win of the season.
The Huskies started out their 2013 campaign with losses to both Wisconsin and No. 2 Stanford, which scripts the fourth time in school history that UConn has begun the season 0-2-0.
UConn is a young squad, with nine true freshman and only two seniors, Devin Prendergast and Jennifer Skogerboe, who are both midfielders.
Although part of a young team, freshman forward Rachel Hill has proven to be an important piece to the puzzle thus far for the Huskies. Hill has played and average of 74 minutes in the first two games with five shots and one assist.
“She played both games almost the whole game,” Coach Len Tsantiris said. “She’s good. She’s very high tempo, she works, she keeps the ball, she’s young, and she’s got to grow, but I see very good things from her.”
Boston College will be another tough test in the early stages for UConn, as they are 1-1, defeating Boston University, and losing 2-1 in overtime to Stanford.
The Huskies are 1-2 vs. the Eagles since 2010 and have allowed nine goals combined in those three contests.
Not only does UConn have a young roster, but Boston College also fields a more youthful squad with seven freshman and five sophomores rounding out the team.
The Huskies matched up well with Stanford in their previous contest, but Boston College will be yet another grind game for this young UConn team.
“We don’t prepare,” Tsantiris said. “We just talk about certain elements that you need to win the games. One is mental, one is physical; then we’re talking about tactical and that’s what we’re missing a little bit, but that’s because we’re young.”
Having faced high brow opponents in their first two games, the Huskies hope to earn their first win of the season from Boston College.