Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Big Year II

The University of Connecticut men's soccer team is not enjoying visits in or around our nation's capital this season. At the beginning of this month, the Huskies dropped down to Ludwig Field and walked out with their first loss (after seven wins and two draws). A run of five unbeaten Big East Conference games later, UConn was back earlier this week -- this time for a trip to Kehoe Field (for a game scheduled for Wednesday but delayed until Thursday) -- and left with loss number two.

The Hoyas are having an unbelievable season and exceeding all expectations. It is possible that the Washington metro area will be host to a number of NCAA Tournament games in a few weeks. (At least more likely than me dropping my excuses and finally making it up to Harrison to check out the new stadium for the Big East tournament before the NCAA tourney begins).

Unfortunately, the Hoyas are being overshadowed by the fact that Maryland is hitting its stride. London Woodberry hasn't played for the team since the first half of the Colgate match and the Terps were also without their most important player this season (Ethan White), but still managed to go down to Charlottesville and return with their eighth straight victory.

Two more regular season home games this season for the Terps as a final tuneup for the ACC tournament. William & Mary on Tuesday night and Coastal Carolina on Friday night. If you are in the area and have the nights free, you should be there. This is a special team and it is a special year.

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