Sunday, September 25, 2011

Husky Sports Roundup, September 25th 2011

Football: The Huskies defeated the Buffalo Bulls yesterday 17-3 to improve to 2-2 on the season. Johnny McEntee finally came through in a game, going 12-21 for 213 yards and throwing two touchdowns. Unfortunately, the game was not viewable on SNY due to the Mets' doubleheader, so nobody could watch it in the area. The Huskies are home next Saturday at 3:30 to face Western Michigan.

Men's Soccer: In front of a sold-out crowd of over 5,000 fans at Morrone Stadium, the Huskies defeated the #12 St. John's Red Storm 2-0. From what I could see on Huskies All-Access, that crowd was LOUD. It was overloading the crowd mike. Or the crowd mike could have been broken. I really don't know. But it never did that before. As for the game, it remained scoreless for the first 73 minutes, and many Husky fans feared the two rivals  would battle to a scoreless draw again. Allando Matheson scored at 73:17 though to put the Huskies up 1-0. With 37 seconds to go in the contest, Mamadou Doudou Diouf did what he's been doing all season, scoring a goal to put the Huskies up 2-0 and send the Red Storm home packing. I saw the crowd, and the game. That was an electrifying atmosphere. Let's hope the athletic department can get the same kind of excitement for some game next year when I'm on campus. If we host Notre Dame on a Saturday, they'd likely do it for that game I'd suspect. And we will host them. Waaaay to early to think about that though. Just wishful thinking by me. Additionally, expect the Huskies to be #1 when the polls come out, thanks to the Maryland draw to Seton Hall. (Queue WE'RE #1 Chant!) Our first chance to defend our number 1 ranking is Wednesday at 7:30 PM as we host in-state rival Yale. On Saturday, October 1 we have our biggest road test of the year, traveling to face Louisville. The Cardinals were ranked #3 in the country but lost to Notre Dame last night. The Cardinals don't want to start 0-2 in the Big East, so they will come out firing on all cylinders. Additionally, I could see the Yale game as a "trap game" for us. We'll be looking ahead to the Louisville game to defend our #1 ranking, and just assuming we're beating Yale to get to that point. And we've seen from many times what happens to our soccer team when they just assume they'll win the game. Like against Brown in the tournament. Or how we barely snuck by BU last week in our first game at #2. I'm not saying it will happen, but I wouldn't be too surprised if we wound up tying, or even losing, to Yale.

Field Hockey: The Huskies rolled to victory against Providence yesterday, 4-0. Chloe Hunnable scored a hat trick. The Huskies are 2-0 in Big East play and 7-1 overall. The polls come out today, but the #4 ranking will likely not change.

Women's Soccer: The Huskies host Cincinnati at 1:00 PM today. Video is available on Huskies All-Access. Next weekend is big for the Huskies. A nationally televised game at Notre Dame at 7:30 PM on Friday, September 30th will air on ESPNU. And on Sunday the 2nd, they'll be at DePaul at 2:00 PM.

Women's Volleyball: The Huskies travel to Louisville to face the top-tier Cardinals this afternoon at 2:00 PM. Stream status on Louisville's website is unclear. Some places says it's there, others say it's not. Gametracker will be live at game time for sure though.

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