UConn Huskies to take on Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 22:09
The UConn women’s soccer team will host two Big East teams in Storrs this weekend, as they take on the DePaul Blue Demons on Friday at 5:30 p.m. and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on Sunday at noon. Both games can be heard on WHUS 91.7 FM.
The game against DePaul is the beginning of a four-game Big East home stand. After beating Villanova and falling to Georgetown last weekend, UConn (6-4-1 overall, 2-2 in the Big East) is looking to ascend in the Big East American Division standings. They currently sit tied for third out of seven teams. The top four teams in the division are guaranteed a spot in the Big East Women’s Soccer Championship, which will be held in Storrs once the season concludes.
DePaul (7-4-1, 2-1) is currently riding a two-game winning streak and has also won three of their past four games. The Blue Demons are led by their sophomore goalkeeper Megan Lynz, who leads the Big East in save percentage (.847). As a team, the Blue Demons have shut out six teams. DePaul is tied for third in the Big East National Division.
In last season’s tilt in Chicago against the Blue Demons, UConn senior striker Danielle Schulmann—who leads the Big East in goals scored in 2012—was able to find the back of the net twice in a 2-1 victory for the Huskies.
On Sunday, UConn will take on Notre Dame (7-3-1, 3-0). The Fighting Irish could be on a five-game winning streak heading into Storrs if they are able to top Providence on the road on Friday. Notre Dame’s freshman striker Cari Roccaro is the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week. Roccaro, who missed a couple games after representing the United States at the FIFA U-20 World Cup, has three goals and an assist in four games since her return. Notre Dame sits atop the National Division and hasn’t lost since Sept. 9, when they fell to the University of Washington.
In the 2011 edition of the rivalry, Notre Dame smoked UConn in Indiana, 3-0.