ONE KNIGHT STAND
UConn looks for first conference win in showdown against Rutgers
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 23:10
The UConn men’s soccer team will host the Rutgers Scarlet Knights tonight as the Huskies go for their first American Athletic Conference victory.
The Huskies (3-2-4, 0-0-3 American), unranked for the first time all season, have opened up conference play with three straight ties against South Florida, Temple and, most recently, Central Florida.
UCF proved to be a surprisingly tough challenge for the Huskies who went down 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining in the first half. Junior Allando Matheson broke through at the last second of the first half though for his first goal of the season to make it a 2-1 contest until freshman Cyle Larin tied the match up for good in the 58th minute.
UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake had to leave the match in the second overtime after a collision with UCF forward Romario Williams led to Blake landing on his neck. Blake was able to leave the match on his own accord but his status is uncertain for tonight’s match.
Rutgers (5-5-1, 2-1-0 American) has had an up and down season, resulting in even wins and losses despite never winning or losing more than two consecutive matches.
The Scarlet Knights are coming off of a 1-0 home victory over Cincinnati. Sophomore Mitchell Taintor, a Storrs native, scored the decisive goal in the 64th minute to give Rutgers its second conference win of the season.
Taintor’s goal was his second of the season, putting him behind only sophomore midfielder Mael Corboz (5) and senior Kene Eze (4) for most goals scored on the team.
Tonight’s match will be UConn’s first meeting with Rutgers since the Huskies beat the Scarlet Knights 3-1 in the 2011 Big East quarterfinals. Considering that Rutgers is leaving The American after this season to join the Big 10 Conference, this could be the last regular season match between the two teams for quite some time.
UConn kicks off against Rutgers tonight at 7 p.m. at Morrone Stadium.