HUSKIES PREVAIL AT YALE
Huskies top Bulldogs in final non-conference match of the season
Published: Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 22:10
The UConn men’s soccer team was top dog in New Haven Tuesday night where they beat the hosting Yale Bulldogs 1-0 in their final non-conference match of the season.
The Huskies (7-2-5, 2-0-4 The American) broke through in the 64th minute when freshman Cyle Larin headed in the deciding goal off of an Adria Beso assist. The goal was Larin’s team-leading seventh goal of the season.
UConn had several other opportunities throughout the match created by the likes of forward Allando Matheson and defender Sergio Campbell, but was unable to extend its lead despite dominating offensively. The Huskies also had three corner kick opportunities in the match while not allowing a single Yale corner kick.
Yale (3-8-1, 2-0-1 Ivy League) was stymied the entire match offensively, only getting off one shot the entire match thanks to a Jacob Peterson shot that went wide in the 30th minute. The lone shot was the least UConn’s defense has allowed all season.
Despite now extending their unbeaten streak to nine consecutive matches (UConn has gone 5-0-4 since Sept. 21), the Huskies came into Tuesday’s match still left out of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Top 25 poll. UConn received 21 votes on its behalf, the fourth most among teams left out of the poll, but not enough to vault the Huskies back into the rankings. UConn dropped out of the rankings after three consecutive draws in late September and early October.
A welcome sight came for the Huskies, though, with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Senior forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf came in for Larin, Diouf’s first appearance since Sept. 17 at Syracuse after a leg injury sidelined the captain. Diouf was able to get off one of UConn’s eight shots in his first game back.
UConn returns to Storrs this Saturday for its final regular season match of the season. The Huskies will take on the Cincinnati Bearcats at Morrone Stadium at 7 p.m.