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Celebrating 30 Years of UConn Women’s Soccer During the weekend of September 12-14, 2008, the University of Connecticut women’s soccer team celebrated its 30th anniversary as a varsity program. The celebration took place during the weekend of the 17th annual UConn Classic featuring three top-25 programs in the country as No. 1 UCLA, No. 11 Penn State, No.25 and Brown all competed. The weekend kicked off at the UConn vs. Virginia football game at Rentschler Field on Saturday, September 13. Prior to the game, over 80 alumnae and their families gathered at a pre-game tailgate to reunite with past teammates and to meet the 2008 team and current UConn staff and administrators. During halftime of the football game, all former UConn women soccer players in attendance were honored in front of a crowd of 40,000. Head Coach Len Tsantiris, a 1977 UConn graduate and coach of the Huskies for the past 28 years, was recognized with a 30th Anniversary poster that included pictures of every team in the history of the program. Also during the halftime ceremony, four standout former players were honored for their significant contributions to the program. Sara Whalen, Felice Duffy and Moira and Tara Buckley each received a commemorative bowl to honor their excellence in a Husky uniform. The weekend celebration continued on Sunday, September 14 as UConn hosted a brunch at the Nathan Hale Inn. The brunch included memorable speeches from Director of Athletics Jeffrey Hathaway, Head Coach Len Tsantiris and three former Huskies. Melissa Morrone Taintor, Jill Gelfenbien Laufer and Meghan Schnur each recounted stories from their days as a Husky. The weekend culminated at the UConn vs. Penn State soccer game, with recognition of all alumni in attendance during halftime of the game. Overall, the weekend celebration was an amazing tribute to the women’s soccer program and was enjoyed by all.
2012 UConn women’s soccer media guide
Published on Aug 23, 2012