retired numbers University of Connecticut 28 NCAA Appearances
8 B I G E A ST R e g u l a r S e a s o n T i t l e s
2 B I G E A ST T o u r n a m e n t T i t l e s
UConn Retires Two Numbers In the 30-year history of the Connecticut women’s soccer program, Tara Buckley (right) was the first women’s soccer player to have her number retired. Tara Buckley’s number 5 jersey was retired after her stellar four-year career at UConn ended in 1983. Buckley, who played with sister Moira, has the distinction of being the only UConn women’s soccer fourtime All-America selection. Sara Whalen (left) is the only other Husky to have her jersey retired.
Sara Whalen • 1997 HONDA AWARD WINNER
• 1997 NSCAA NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
In 1997, University of Connecticut three-time women’s soccer All-American Sara Whalen was named the Women’s Soccer National Player of the Year by the Honda Awards Program and was selected as the 1997 National Soccer Coaches Association National Player of the Year. Whalen was one of 11 finalists for the Honda Cup Broderick Trophy awarded to the female collegiate Athlete of the Year. Whalen led the 1997 UConn women’s soccer team to a single-season school record 23 wins and a spot in the NCAA Division I National Championship game. Connecticut concluded the 1997 season with an overall record of 23-4. The National Player of the Year honor for Whalen, as awarded by Honda, marked the first time a UConn women’s soccer star had received the award. Whalen, who hails from Greenlawn, N.Y., led Connecticut with 64 points (21 goals, 22 assists) on the year, second best in the nation. Her 22 assists also ranked second in the country for that category. Early in the 1997 season, Whalen made the transition from her more traditional post in the UConn defense (where she was selected a two-time First-Team All-American at back) to a new post in the UConn offense as a forward. The move paid dividends for Connecticut as Whalen had both goals in UConn’s 2-1 National Semifinal upset win over previously unbeaten Notre Dame, advancing UConn to the National Championship game. Connecticut fell to North Carolina 2-0 in the NCAA Championship game. In 1997, Whalen was tabbed First Team All-American as a forward, marking the third consecutive season she was a First-Team All-America selection. Among her accomplishments in 1997, Whalen was named Soccer America Magazine’s National Player of the Year, the Connecticut Sportswriters’ Alliance Female Athlete of the Year, a First-Team All-BIG EAST Selection, a First Team All-New England selection, Missouri Athletic Club National Player of the Year finalist, Hermann Award National Player of the Year finalist, Soccer Digest Magazine’s “Best collegiate soccer player in America” and USA Today’s “Most Versatile Player”.
2012 UConn women’s soccer media guide
Information and the history of the UConn women's soccer program with biographies on the coaches and athletes