UConn women's soccer to face Red Storm
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 23:09
The UConn women’s soccer team (4-3-1) will travel south from Syracuse this weekend to take on the St. John’s Red Storm in a Big East American Division match-up in Queens, N.Y.
The game will be played at 1 p.m. on Sunday. It will be the third away game of the Huskies’ five-game road trip.
A lot of the Huskies’ success this season can be attributed to their offense. UConn ranks first in the Big East in goals, with 18. Fifteen of these have come with assists. The Red Storm (4-3-0) can’t say the same. They have struggled to find the back of the net, with only eight goals in seven games. The Red Storm have allowed 13 goals, although they still possess a winning record.
Head Coach Len Tsantiris likes his team this season, even with their relative inexperience.
“We have a lot of young kids, but we got depth,” Tsantiris said a week ago, after the Huskies’ victory against Marist. “We’re young and we gotta learn…we gotta be ready for Big East play.”
The two teams’ best players come from different side of the ball. UConn’s senior striker Danielle Schulmann is the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week, while St. John’s junior midfielder Sandra Osborn is Big East Defensive Player of the Week. Both teams also have a freshman goalkeeper. UConn’s Alison Saucier has allowed 11 goals and made 19 saves on the season. St. John’s Ellen Conway was voted honorable mention Big East Goalkeeper of the Week.
In last season’s tilt with the Red Storm, the Huskies were topped, 1-0, in extra time. In the second minute of bonus soccer, St. John’s had a goal kick that was headed to striker Jen Leaverton. Leaverton scored the lone goal at 91:23 to give the Huskies their first loss in Big East play. The Johnnies were later bounced in the first round of the Big East Tournament.
Like the rest of the UConn soccer events, the game can be followed on 91.7 FM WHUS or online at whus.org.