Jim Calhoun

UConn Men's Soccer Team Ready For Friday Night Opener

STORRS — In high school in New York, Nkosi Burgess was the main man for the Deer Park High soccer team. He scored goals and was the team MVP.

But early last August, Burgess realized it was going to be a little different playing for the UConn men's soccer team.

"When I came in, the speed of play was much different from high school and club soccer," Burgess said last week. "All the practices here were high intensity, almost matching to a game-level. … It was rough for me. I couldn't really get into a line-up."

Burgess, a 6-2, 182 pound sophomore defender, is looking to change that this fall. After not playing in 2015, Burgess enters this...