Men's Soccer: UConn takes down Columbia 4-0
Matheson scores two as Huskies rip Lions
Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 10:10
With a familiar face back in goal for the Huskies, UConn cruised to a 4-0 triumph over the visiting Columbia University Lions for their third straight victory.
The Huskies (6-2-4, 2-0-3 American) struck first after freshman midfielder Cyle Larin, UConn’s co-leading scorer, fielded a Kwame Awuah cross off of his chest and launched it into the back of the net at the 14:39 mark. The goal, assisted by junior midfielder Edir DaGraca, was Larin’s fifth goal of the season.
Junior goalkeeper Andre Blake recorded his 30th career shutout in his first game back since an Oct. 5 tie against UCF. Blake, who missed the last two games due to injury after a hard collision in the UCF match ended with him landing on his neck, held Columbia (5-3-2, 0-0-2 Ivy League) to just four shots the entire match.
“[Backup goalkeeper Jacob Wasmeister] did a great job for two games but it’s obviously great having the best goalkeeper in the country back,” said head coach Ray Reid.
Blake also earned his 40th career victory Tuesday night in an effort where the defense, led by conference defensive player of the week Sergio Campbell, was especially stingy.
“Without the defense or without the other 10 players it wouldn’t have been possible,” Blake said. “I just really believe everyone has been doing their job and everyone is trying to do something to help the team.”
Junior midfielder Edir DaGraca, who was also credited with an assist on UConn’s first scoring play, came out immediately after for junior Allando Matheson, a substitution that quickly proved beneficial for the Huskies. Less than ten minutes later, Matheson scored his third goal in two matches after a deflected shot from sophomore Nicholas Zuniga was fielded a few feet away from the goal and sent into the back of the net. It was Matheson’s fourth goal of the season, but only his first of two on the evening.
The scoring continued for the Huskies in the first half when UConn was awarded a penalty kick at the 33:54 mark after Columbia defender Rhys Williams was given a yellow card for a handball in the penalty box. Colin Bradley took the kick and netted his second goal of the season. The goal was also Bradley’s second goal of the season on a penalty kick.
UConn’s final dagger came with just under 15 minutes left in the match when junior midfielder Adria Beso assisted another Matheson goal. The goal was Matheson’s fourth contribution to the seven overall goals the Huskies have scored over their last two matches.
“We played good as a team,” Matheson said on the team’s overall effort that helped contribute to his multiple-goal effort.
UConn has now gone nearly a month since losing a match in a Sept. 17 trip to Syracuse. The Huskies have gone 4-0-2 since losing to the Orange.
The Huskies return to action this Saturday when they head to Kentucky to take on the No. 7 Louisville Cardinals. It will be UConn’s first match against a ranked opponent since a Sept. 21 home win over the No. 10 St. Louis Billikens.
UConn’s next and last home match of the regular season will be an Oct. 26 meeting with the Cincinnati Bearcats.