The UConn women’s soccer team (2-7) begins conference play this week with away games against Houston and SMU.
After last weekend’s loss to Eastern Michigan the Huskies head coach Margaret Rodriguez discussed the difficulty of being on the road so much in this season’s schedule.
“The schedule, I knew what it was going into it,” Rodriguez said. “It wasn’t an ideal schedule…and we’re on the road a lot and at this point we’re sort of performing a little bit better on the road.”
On Thursday, the Huskies will play Houston, a team that is also coming off of a difficult loss. On Sunday, the Cougars lost in overtime at Colorado College.
The last time UConn played Houston was Oct. 15 of last year when the Huskies won in a 3-2 overtime thriller at home.
So far this season the Cougars are 4-5-1.
A player to watch on Houston is sophomore forward Jazmin Grant. Grant was named to the American Preseason All-Conference team this season. Last season, she appeared in 13 games and made 11 starts. She finished second on the team in points with 15. At the end of the season Grant competed with the U20 Jamaican Women’s National team in World Cup qualifiers.
The Cougars are coached by Diego Bocanegra, who is in his second season with the squad. Bocanegra was formerly an assistant coach for the 2016 ACC regular-season champs Notre Dame.
On Sunday the Huskies will head to SMU to take on the Mustangs.
Before that, SMU will take on Temple on Thursday. The Mustangs are coming off of a 0-1 loss at Colorado State on Sunday.
SMU is 5-2-1 so far this season.
A player to watch on the Mustang’s squad is freshman Courtney Sebazco who has already been awarded American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week Honors twice so far this season.
Senior goalkeeper Catie Brown is another key player to watch on SMU. Brown is a top-notch goalie who was named to the 2016 American All-Tournament team.
The Mustangs are coached by two-time Coach of the Year winner and 1995 NCAA Championship Coach Chris Petrucelli. This season is Petrucelli’s seventh as head coach at SMU.
The Huskies game against Houston on Thursday will begin at 7 p.m. UConn will be back in action at home on Sept. 27 against USF.
Mariana Dominguez is a staff writer for The Daily Campus. She can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.