Men's Soccer: Huskies rout Memphis 3-0 without Diouf, Blake
Published: Sunday, October 13, 2013
Updated: Sunday, October 13, 2013 22:10
The UConn men’s soccer team defeated the University of Memphis 3-0 Saturday night in front of a big Homecoming Weekend crowd at Morrone Stadium for their second conference win of the season.
The Huskies (5-2-4, 2-0-3 American) struck first in the 20th minute of play when junior midfielder Adria Beso set up junior forward Allando Matheson with a pass into the penalty box. Matheson, who scored twice Saturday night, fielded the ball and sent it into the lower right corner of the net to put the Huskies up 1-0 for his second goal of the season.
Then, with 19 minutes left in the first half, Cycle Larin stole the ball at the top of the Memphis penalty box and sent a shot just over Memphis goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui that went off his hands and into the lower left corner of the net.
“Me and Allando were pressing and I guess the goalie got nervous and he kicked it right to me, and I just put it in,” Larin said. The unassisted goal was Larin’s fourth goal of the season.
UConn kept the pressure on offense for the remainder of the match, which culminated when Matheson broke through again much later on in the match with under ten minutes to play in the second half.
“It’s always good with him,” said Matheson on Beso, who assisted both of his goals Saturday night. “When he gives it to you just have to do something with it….When we’re clicking we’re clicking.”
The win marked the first time the Huskies have won two games in a row this season since their opening two matches on Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 against St. Francis and Boston University respectively.
The Huskies, who finished with seventeen shots on the evening, scored three goals in a single match for the first time this season Saturday night.
“I don’t know if we were better offensively tonight, but we finished better,” said head coach Ray Reid on UConn’s offensive display. “[Matheson] will have ten goals this year if he plays it right the rest of the season, and [him and Larin] together are a handful.”
Memphis (7-5-1, 2-3-0 American) had its first opportunity immediately UConn’s first goal when senior midfielder Shane Keely sent a shot well over the UConn goal. The Tigers did not get another shot off until the second half with a play that came off of a corner kick, but it was promptly headed out and Memphis was held without a shot for the remainder of the match.
UConn’s back line for the Huskies played strong all evening, stifling multiple corner kicks and free kick opportunities to help out redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Jacob Wagmeister, who was again playing for the injured junior captain Andre Blake.
The Huskies were without Blake and fellow captain Mamadou Doudou Diouf, who was also left out of the lineup again Saturday night due to injury. Coach Reid said Diouf, the senior forward, is making good progress and that Blake is expected to be back for UConn’s next match.
The Huskies return to action tomorrow night against Columbia at 7 p.m. at Morrone Stadium for their last nonconference game of the season.