Men's soccer concedes first goal in 2013 four matches in
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 23:09
UConn soccer fell for the first time on the young season as the Bradley Braves upset the third ranked Huskies after the home team conceded an early penalty.
Bradley started the game on the attack, as an early spurt of possession gave the underdog Braves chances to take an early lead.
The Braves brought the ball deep into UConn territory, forcing UConn keeper Andre Blake to make a play. Blake charged, but committed a foul, earning Bradley a third minute penalty.
Blake got a hand to the ensuing shot, but Bradley’s Zach Kovacevic’s shot had enough power to push it past the keeper.
From there it was one-way traffic as the Huskies maintained possession and created chances. But it was not to be, as UConn couldn’t convert for a much needed equalizer.
UConn Defense Finally Concedes:
The UConn defense seemed impenetrable.
With All-American Andre Blake between the pipes, goalkeeping will always be one of UConn’s strengths.
An experienced backline including Sergio Campbell, Dwight Ceballo, and Michael Mercado means that UConn features one of the top backlines in the country.
However, the Huskies allowed their first goal of the season at this Saturday’s loss, as a third minute penalty conversion by Bradley’s Zach Kovacevic ended UConn’s 290-minute shutout streak.
Husky Offense Struggling to Finish:
Despite amassing 20 total shots, the Huskies failed again to find the net, as the number three team in the country has been held scoreless in their past two contests.
The Huskies peppered the Bradley net, but UConn was generally wasteful, as the team only managed to put five of their attempts on net.
While UConn has had no problem creating chances, their lack of finishing has doomed the Huskies the past two games.
“We’ve got good players. It’s just working the kinks out,” said Coach Ray Reid. “I’m sure there’s some frustration, but it’s early season working it out, that’s all.”