Good Day (8/26) for Fall Olympic Sports

Discussion in 'UConn Baseball and Olympic Sports' started by 4in16, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. 4in16

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    Women's soccer moved to 3-0 with a 3-1 win over Harvard on the road led by Rachel Hill's first two goals of the season. Field Hockey opened up on the west coast at #11 Stanford with a 2-1 win a more dominant performance than the score would indicate out shooting the Cardinal 14-1 and 7-1 on target and 8-1 in penalty corners. Volleyball beat Syracuse 3 sets to 1 for the first time since 2003, always nice to beat the Orange in any sport. Finally, men's soccer beat Iona 3-1 getting an early offensive spark from Thiam 57 secs into the game and the game winner coming with 17 seconds left in the 1st half from Sanchez. They out shot the Gaels 13-5 and 6-5 on target. Overall great start to the Husky sports season!
     
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    A good start indeed for all these teams. Women's soccer has been winning despite Kim Urbanek missing from the lineup in its first three games. Urbanek was a big cog in the offense last year with 3 goals and 7 assists. According to WHUS, Urbanek will not be available for the game against Rutgers as well, a team that beat the Huskies twice last season. The game against the Scarlet Knights is a big step up after games against the Boston trio of Northeastern, BU, and Harvard.
     
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    Textbook Tsantiris performance by women's soccer today. Face a team with equal to more talent. Lose. The guy is the antithesis of Calhoun/Auriemma/Ollie/Stevens on that campus. That was their best shot at a win over a ranked team this year and they no showed. They seem overrated being ranked #10 quite frankly. Rutgers has had no problem with them in their last 3 meetings.
     
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    Rutgers beat UConn women's soccer 2-0 today. Rutgers got to the final four last year, and they still look like a very good team. In their three victories over UConn in the last two seasons, Rutgers has outscored UConn 8-0.

    From what I saw today, Rutgers still plays very good defense, and they look great on their corner kicks, as both Rutgers goals came from corner kicks. By contrast, UConn has problems in defending against corner kicks. That has to be a concern, as UConn seems to give up way too many of them (Harvard took 14 corners against UConn in their game on Friday).

    The other problem for UConn was a sputtering offense that had trouble connecting with their passes for a good chunk of the game. The Huskies also have a tendency to settle for way too many shots from outside the penalty box for my liking. These problems were certainly present during the games that I saw against Northeastern and BU as well. However, the offense looked better for the last 27 minutes of the game, when Kim Urbanek entered the game for her first playing action of the season. According to WHUS, Urbanek missed the first three games of the season due to "eligibility issues". At any rate, while UConn still did not score, the offensive flow looked a lot better with Urbanek in the game.

    As for UConn, from what I have seen so far, the Huskies were definitely a better team last year, as they lost some very solid players to graduation, and the freshmen so far are not yet making big contributions to the play on the field. So at this point the Huskies have a much thinner bench than last year. Playing without Urbanek has not helped at all, but I'm hoping things will improve somewhat now that Urbanek is seeing playing time again.