The Stony Brook Sea Wolves will venture into Storrs this Sunday as they take on the No. 17 UConn women’s soccer team in a non-conference matchup. Coming off a 3-0 loss in a big game Thursday night against national No. 1 Florida State in Tallahassee, this game might have a slightly different feel for the Huskies.
Stony Brook (1-4-1) has had a fairly unimpressive season so far. Their lone victory was a 2-0 win over Fairfield on September 2. They do share one common opponent with the Huskies 5-2-0 in Boston College, which defeated the Sea Wolves 3-0 on August 25. The Huskies lost to BC in a preseason scrimmage.
While Stony Brook appears to be a cupcake game and easy win for UConn, the Huskies have had some struggles with so-called “guarantee games” so far. Against BU, Central Connecticut State and Pacific, all winless teams, the Huskies are 3-0 but could only win each game by a one goal margin. The Huskies also only beat a subpar Northeastern squad by one goal earlier in the season.
Stony Brook has more significant offensive problems than UConn, as they have only three goals on the season. Senior forward Raven Edwards has two goals, while sophomore forward Julie Johnstonbaugh has the other. UConn counters with their elite scoring duo of senior Rachel Hill and redshirt senior Stephanie Ribeiro but need more goal production and creation from others.
Heading into Florida State, Ribeiro led the team in production with four goals and two assists for 10 points, while Hill has three goals and two assists for eight points. The next highest are senior Maddie Damm (one goal) and junior Tanya Altrui (two assists) with only two points apiece.
Stony Brook will have a chance to build some confidence beforehand as they host Columbia on Friday night before coming to UConn Sunday. Not including scrimmages, it be will the Huskies sixth game of the season at Morrone Stadium out of eight total. One of their two losses this season came at home on August 28th to Rutgers.
The game will also be head coach Len Tsantiris’ second crack at his 550th win. It will be a 2 p.m. kickoff at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Matt Barresi is a campus correspondent for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.