The UConn women’s soccer team (2-4-3) concluded the nonconference portion of their schedule with their 1-1 draw to Colorado College in overtime on Sunday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Finishing with a sub .500 record is uncommon for the Huskies. The last time was the 2011-2012 season, when UConn was still a member of the Big East. That season, they defeated Colgate, Wake Forest, and lost to Northeastern, Wake Forest, Harvard and West Virginia, finishing 3-4.
Last season, the Huskies went 8-2 out-of-conference, with the only defeats coming against ranked opponents Rutgers and Florida State. That team had only three away games, but this year the Huskies only played four of their non-conference games at Morrone Stadium.
Up next for the Huskies is action in the American, which they won in both the regular season and conference tournament last season.
The Huskies went 5-5 in the American in its debut season of 2013-2014 but have steadily improved in each season, including going 8-0-1 last season and 8-1 in 2015-2016.
They open conference play on Thursday Sept. 28 at home against Cincinnati and will play five of their nine conference games at home.
Junior transfer Vivien Beil, who scored on Sunday, will go through the American gauntlet for the first time after playing at Maine.
“I think it’s going to be a really tough conference. Travel-wise it’s pretty tough too,” Biel said.
The Huskies will have 11 days between today’s game and the conference opener versus Cincinnati.
Last season, the Huskies had a seven-day break between the conclusion of non-conference against Fordham and their opener against Tulsa, but such long absences are very atypical.
“I think it will be good for us to figure some things out,” Biel said. “It’s going to be good to get everyone on the same page and get ready for conference.”
Matt Barresi is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.