UConn soccer team delights young Glastonbury fans
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Apr. 22, 2013
The UConn men's soccer team played an exhibition game at Addison Park in Glastonbury on April 20, and beat rival Syracuse, 1-0.
The game was at the invitation of the Glastonbury Hartwell Soccer Club, and youth players spent time on the field with the college players they admire, in mini-clinics before the match.
“It's great for the community for us to come out,” said UConn head coach Ray Reid. “We try to inspire the young players, and it's great for everybody. It's a win-win.”
The Huskies had a 15-2-2 regular season last fall before going 1-1 in the Big East Tournament, and then making it as far as the quarterfinals in the NCAA bracket.
With the Addison Park game as the last of the team's spring exhibition season, Reid wouldn't speculate on the how the team might fare this coming autumn. “We'll see,” he said. “We had a good spring.”
Hartwell has formed a connection with the UConn team. Last spring, both the men's and women's teams were able to play games in Glastonbury, and last fall, hundreds of Hartwell players attended the Huskies' games in Storrs. Hartwell President Mary Kay Brophy said the kids have a great time.
“I'm impressed with the players every year, and with how great they work with the kids,” Brophy said, adding that she was pleasantly surprised by the large attendance at the game. “It's great to see the community come out the way that they did, especially on a vacation week. I'm very proud, and it's a fun event.”
Brophy said that the youth soccer spring season had just begun, so the UConn game was also a way to ramp up excitement for soccer. It's also a great lead-in to the Hartwell Spring Warm-Up weekend, April 26-28, which will bring teams from all over the Northeast to Glastonbury. The town typically has tens of thousands of visitors on the tournament weekend. “It's a wonderful weekend for people to get together,” Brophy said.
For more information, visit www.glastonburysoccer.org.