REMATCH: THIRTY YEARS LATER
UConn hosts Columbia for first time since 1983 Final Four
Published: Monday, October 14, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 14, 2013 23:10
After notching down back-to-back conference wins against Rutgers and Memphis last week, the UConn men’s soccer team (5-2-4, 2-0-3 the American) will play one of its final two non-conference matches tonight when it hosts Columbia University (5-2-2, 0-0-2 Ivy League) at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Columbia and UConn squared off only once in the past. The Lions topped the Huskies 4-0 in the 1983 NCAA Final Four in Storrs in that meeting.
The Huskies are coming off their best offensive performance of the season, scoring a season-high three goals last Saturday in a 3-0 defeat of the Memphis Tigers. A pair of goals from junior forward Allando Matheson and a team-leading fourth goal of the season by fellow Canadian and freshman forward Cyle Larin proved to be enough to propel UConn over its new conference foe.
UConn’s defense has continued to frustrate its opponents as well. The win over the Tigers was the Huskies’ fifth shutout of the season, and the team has allowed only 6.1 shots per match this year. Junior defender Sergio Campbell led the way for the Huskies and was named the American’s Defensive Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts.
With junior goalkeeper Andre Blake out with an injury he suffered back on Oct. 5 against UCF, redshirt sophomore Jacob Wagmeister has proved to be more than capable as a replacement between the pipes, as he has already posted two clean sheets in as many starts.
The visiting Lions are coming off consecutive draws against conference opponents Brown and Penn, but have not lost a contest in seven matches, going 5-0-2 in that stretch. Senior midfielder David Najem has been a star for the Lions this season as he leads the team with 11 points on four goals and three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Kyle Jackson’s 0.86 goals-against average has proved to be more than solid in front of the net as well.
Kickoff for tonight’s match is scheduled for 7 p.m.