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UConn men’s soccer releases 2017 schedule

The Huskies will play 18 matches this season.

Ian Bethune/The UConn Blog

On Monday afternoon, UConn released their men’s soccer schedule for the upcoming season. The Huskies will play 18 matches this season, 12 of which will come at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on campus.

Seven of their opponents were in the 48-team NCAA Tournament field last year, with Providence making it to the quarterfinals.

After a road exhibition on Aug. 13 against Rutgers and a home game on Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. against NC State, UConn will begin the regular season with six straight home games.

Iona will come to Storrs on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. as part of a double-header with the women’s team, who will face off against Yale. The Huskies were 3-1 winners against the Gaels to open 2016.

The home stand continues with Quinnipiac on Aug. 28 and then Notre Dame on Sept. 2, both at 7 p.m. UConn went to South Bend last season and almost got a win against the then-No. 1 team in the country, losing 1-0 in overtime.

The Huskies have a week off before Georgetown comes in on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. The Hoyas hosted UConn last year, grabbing a 1-0 win.

The home stand finishes with Hofstra on Sept. 12 and first-time opponent North Florida on Sept. 16. Both kickoffs are at 7 p.m.

The Huskies’ first road game is also their first conference game. UConn opens conference play on Sept. 23 against Temple in Philadelphia. The Huskies were 1-0 winners in last year’s tilt.

On Sept. 26, UConn begins a three-game stretch at Morrone Stadium when they welcome Providence College at 7 p.m. The Huskies beat the Friars by a 1-0 score in Providence last season.

Conference play resumes Sept. 29 when Tulsa comes to Connecticut at 7 p.m. The two teams played two matches last season, with UConn winning the first 1-0 as part of a five-match shutout streak, while the Golden Hurricane won when it counted, getting a 2-0 win in the American Athletic Conference tournament semifinal.

The final game of the home stand is on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. against Maryland. The Terrapins were the No. 1 overall seed in the 2016 NCAA Tournament but failed to win a game, losing to Providence 5-4.

After three at home, the Huskies take their show on the road for three, playing Cincinnati on Oct. 7, USF on Oct. 14 and Boston College on Oct. 17 at 6 p.m. Last season, UConn beat Cincinnati and Boston College, with the win over the Eagles coming in dramatic overtime fashion, but the Bulls snapped their seven-match winning streak with a 1-0 victory.

On Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., UCF will come to Storrs. Last season, the Knights took a 2-1 overtime victory in Orlando to start the Huskies’ four-game winless streak to finish the year.

Oct. 24 will see UConn play their second non-conference away match when they head to New Hampshire to face Dartmouth before they come back home to face Memphis on October 28. The Tigers took a 2-0 win last year in Tennessee.

On Halloween, the Yale Bulldogs will come for their yearly match with UConn in Storrs to close out the non-conference season in the final home game of the year. In New Haven in 2016, the Huskies escaped with a 1-0 victory.

The season finale will be on the road against SMU on Nov. 4. The Mustangs and Huskies tied 1-1 in the final game of the regular season last year, enabling the Huskies to head to the conference tournament.