Men's Soccer: No. 19 Washington visits No. 3 UConn
Published: Monday, September 9, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013 23:09
The No. 3 UConn men’s soccer team will take on No. 19 University of Washington tonight in a battle for Husky dominance.
The two teams enter tonight’s Top-25 matchup with undefeated records and identical mascots as the 2013 season enters its third week of play. And after UConn’s two 1-0 victories to start their season, Washington should prove to be the team’s toughest test so far.
“They’re a great team with a great coach,” said UConn head coach Ray Reid.
Washington (3-0-0) has started its season hot by winning its season opener against Gonzaga on the road before beating its next two opponents by a combined six goals. Led by Washington senior Taylor Peay’s four goals through the team’s first three games, UConn’s defense will have its work cut out for itself.
But as Washington makes its way out to Connecticut for one of its two regular season East Coast matches, they should find UConn (2-0-0) more than well-prepared.
Behind junior goalkeeper Andre Blake, UConn’s defense has passed every test it has had to face so far this season going into tonight’s match. The defense has helped Blake record a shutout in both of UConn’s matches this season.
Washington though, has showed its own defensive vulnerabilities in their first matches of the season, allowing a goal in two of their three victories.
This is good news for a UConn offensive that has had the clear advantage in offensive opportunities through their first two matches, thanks in no small part to senior forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf.
Diouf continues to prove to be indispensible for the Huskies as he creates offensive opportunities and gets off some shots of his own (he leads UConn with 12 shots through the team’s first two games). Whether it is scoring goals himself or setting up his teammates, Diouf is only focused on the game plan of the team.
“The most important thing is the team, not the player,” Diouf said following UConn’s victory over Boston University Friday night.
Diouf assisted junior Edir DaGraca’s goal last Friday that decided UConn’s victory over BU.
UConn will kick off tonight against Washington at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.