3. RIVALRIES: Red Storm and Huskies on rebound


Fox Soccer Channel will broadcast the first men's game of the season in its NSCAA College Match of the Week series Thursday night when St. John's hosts UConn in a battle of perennial national contenders (kickoff: 8 pm ET).

The Big East opponents find themselves unranked after three weeks but are on the rebound.

UConn (2-2-1) earned its first two wins of the season last weekend, beating Rutgers, 2-1, in overtime on Friday and Villanova two days later by the same score. The Huskies' big threats are Jamaicans Akeem Priestley, who assisted on both goals against Rutgers, and O'Brian White, who scored in both Big East matches.

For St. John's (4-2-0), Swedish defender Patrik Engstrom needs to be watched. He scored twice in the first six minutes of the Red Storm's 5-2 win over Georgetown. Former U.S. U-17 Ryan Soroka had a goal and two assists against the Hoyas to give him a team-high three goals and three assists in six games. The victory over the Hoyas followed a 3-2 loss to Seton Hall in the Red Storm's Big East opener.

The Red Storm holds a slight 11-10-3 advantage in an all-time series with the Huskies that dates back to the 1981 season.  Each of the last 10 meetings have been decided by a goal or less.
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