University of Connecticut
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8 2 A l l - B I G E A ST S e l e c t i o n s
1997: The 1996 single-season win record is broken after the program wins 23-of-27 games played en route to advancing to the national semifinal for the seventh time. The Huskies finished the year ranked No. 2 in the country after playing in the national championship game thanks to a 2-1 national semifinal win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame and a 2-1 doubleovertime victory over Hartford in the Second Round of the NCAA’s. • As a result of their success, Sara Whalen is named the Women’s Soccer National Player of the Year by the Honda Awards Program and the Connecticut star was also named the 1997 National Soccer Coaches Association National Player of the Year. Also, she was honored as a First Team All-American for the third consecutive time in that same year. •Connecticut head coach Len Tsantiris goes on to be named the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Division I Women’s National Coach of the Year. 1999: Whalen (‘97) is a key member of the United States Women’s Soccer Team that goes on to win the World Cup. 1998-2003: UConn women’s soccer wins six consecutive BIG EAST Conference regular season titles. 2000’s 2000: Whalen was a member of the silver-medal winning USA squad at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. November 17, 2000: UConn garners a 1-0 victory over No. 2 nationally-ranked Nebraska in the third round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. November 12, 2002: The program wins the BIG EAST Tournament title with a 1-0 win over West Virginia. 2003: UConn makes their eighth national semifinal appearance earning its fourth berth in the NCAA championship game and ending the season ranked No. 2 in the nation for the second time. September 14, 2003: The Huskies take a hard-fought 3-2 double-overtime victory over then-defending National Champion Portland. September 12, 2004: UConn head coach Len Tsantiris becomes only the second coach in college women’s soccer history to win 400 games when his Huskies beat Hartford 3-0. November 7, 2004: the Huskies hand eventual NCAA Champion Notre Dame their only loss of the season as they beat the Fighting Irish 2-1 to win the BIG EAST Tournament Championship in Storrs. October 7, 2007: Head Coach Len Tsantiris wins his 450th game, defeating Seton Hall 2-1 in overtime. November 12, 2007: In earning a berth to its 26th consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament, UConn becomes the only other school, besides North Carolina, to appear in every single tournament. November 13, 2009: Defeated Boston University 1-0 in the NCAA tournament to record the program’s 500th victory in 31 years Miscellaneous •In 32 seasons as head coach of the Connecticut women’s soccer program, Len Tsantiris has compiled an overall record of 491-163-48, a .734 winning performance. • In 33 seasons as a varsity program, Connecticut women’s soccer has compiled an overall record of 517-173-51, an impressive 73.2 winning percentage. •UConn women’s soccer has advanced to the NCAA Division I National Championship Game four times (1984, 1990, 1997, 2003) while earning eight trips to the national tournament semifinals (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1997, 2003). •In the past 32 seasons, Connecticut women’s soccer has finished in the top 10 in the final national poll 22 times. •The Connecticut women’s soccer program has produced 27 All-Americans, earning the honor a total of 44 times. •UConn women’s soccer has won 10 BIG EAST Conference titles. •UConn women’s soccer has had 14 student-athletes named BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year. •UConn women’s soccer has retired two numbers - Honoring four-time All-American Tara Buckley by retiring the No. 5 jersey and honoring three-time All-American and 1997 National Player of the Year Sarah Whalen by retiring the No. 8 jersey.
2012 UConn women’s soccer media guide
Published on Aug 23, 2012