2012 season preview University of Connecticut 28 NCAA Appearances
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Connecticut ended the 2011 campaign 7-8-2 overall record and fell short of a postseason berth for the first time in program history. The Huskies look to return to postseason action as they head into the 2012 season with eight returning starters and 14 promising newcomers. FORWARDS The Huskies will turn to senior Danielle Schulmann who had a breakout junior year where she led the UConn offense with 15 points on seven goals and one assist. The right-footed striker emerged as the top Husky after sitting out the first two games due to injury. The Saddle River, N.J. native netted her first Husky goal on September 2 in a 2-1 road upset over undefeated No. 15 Wake Forest. Schulmann didn’t stop there, adding six more goals on the season and scoring three game-winning goals. Additionally, sophomores Lindsey Watkins (Litchfield, Conn.) and Mika Bussey (Brighton, Mich.) both add depth for the Huskies. With the loss of mainstay Jessica Shufelt in the front line, the Huskies have open spots to fill and will look to four newcomers to help fill the gap. With a year of practice under her belt, left-footed attacker and redshirt freshman Andrea Plucenik (Brooklyn, Conn.) offers a great opportunity to add speed to the front line and will compete for a starting role at the forward position. Also vying for a starting slot are true freshmen Stephanie Ribeiro (Pawtocket, R.I.), Liana Hinds (Hartford, Conn.) and Samantha McGuire (Fishkill, N.Y.).
#7 Danielle Schulmann
“We have a lot of young new talent up front in addition to our leading scorer from last year. I am excited to see who emerges at the top and who will put some goals in the back of the net for us this year,” stated Head Coach Len Tsantiris. MIDFIELD
#10 Jennifer skogerboe 20
Connecticut’s midfield looks to be the strongest position entering the 2012 season as they have four returning stars and two newcomers to fill the spots as necessary. “This year we have a lot of options in our midfield and a lot of depth. This will allow us to play the fast paced game we want to play,” Tsantiris said. Senior Linda Ruutu (Espoo, Finland), juniors Devin Prendergast (Babylon, N.Y.) and Jennifer Skogerboe (Leesburg, Va.), and sophomore Riley Houle (Columbia, Conn.) bring a wealth of experience to the midfield for the Huskies. In 2011, Prendergast was second on the team with nine points on four goals and one assist. Prendergast is an expansive threat for UConn specializing in the long ball as she scored her four goals from a distance, including three from thirty yards out. Houle had a breakout freshman campaign that earned her a spot on the All-BIG EAST Rookie and Third Teams after she notched seven points on three goals and an assist.
2012 UConn women’s soccer media guide
Published on Aug 23, 2012