This weekend there are two matches involving Rhode Island college soccer teams and two matches also on the docket for early next week and then another on Thursday. The lone program that is not scheduled to play is the men’s soccer team at URI which does not have anything on the schedule until A-10 play opens on March 13th.
PC Friars Mens Team Opens BIG EAST Play At UConn
On Saturday the Providence College Friars will travel to Storrs to take on the UConn Huskies. PC opened it’s season with a 4-0 win over URI last Saturday. This match with the Huskies will open their 2021 BIG EAST season.
In the coaches preseason poll the Friars were picked to finish second in the BIG EAT while UConn was ranked 4th. Last season Providence went 6-3 in conference play while Connecticut went 2-5. In the all-time series the Huskies have dominated with a 34-7-2 record against PC. That being said the recent history is what matters. Last time these two teams played was an overtime match in 2019 where the Friars defeated UConn 2-1.
This is actually UConn’s first year back in the BIG EAST having spent the last couple of years in the American Conference. Like the Friars the Huskies started their year with a win, thier win was a 3-0 win over Sacred Heart.
URI WOmen’s Team Building Towards COnference Play
URI has already played two non-conference matches this season but has two more on the docket with New Hampshire being the next on their schedule. So far this season URI is 0-2 after back-to-back 2-0 losses (versus Providence College & UConn).
UNH is a perfect 2-0 on their season with wins over Northeastern (1-0) and Merrimack College (5-1). Last season UNH went 10-8 overall and 5-3 within the America East Conference.
URI and UNH last played on 8/22/2019 in a game that Rhode Island defeated New Hampshire 1-0 in Durham. Historically the Rams hold a 4-3-3 record against UNH and have faced off in each of the last three seasons.
Rhode Island College Soccer Schedule
Men’s Soccer: Providence College Friars at UCONN 2:00 p.m. ET (BIG EAST Opener)
Women’s Soccer: URI at New Hampshire 2:00 p.m. (friendly)
Men’s Soccer: Bryant Bulldogs v Long Island University 6:00 p.m. ET (NEC Opener)
Women’s Soccer: Bryant Bulldogs at Central Connecticut 2:30 p.m. ET (NEC Opener)
Women’s Soccer: Providence College Friars v UCONN 3:00 p.m. ET (BIG EAST Opener)
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