Men’s soccer looks to keep momentum up
Published: Friday, October 18, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 18, 2013 00:10
With only three American Athletic Conference matches remaining this season, the UConn men’s soccer team (6-2-4, 2-0-3 the American) currently sits second place in the conference standings and just three points behind their Saturday opponent, Louisville (9-2-1, 4-0-0 the American).
The Huskies will travel to Kentucky hoping to close the gap between them and the seventh-ranked Cardinals and inch closer to a ninth conference title since Ray Reid-era began in 1997.
UConn is coming off two of its best offensive performances of the season, in which they scored a combined seven goals against Memphis and Columbia. Junior forward Allando Matheson has four of those goals in that stretch, putting himself in a tie with freshman forward Cyle Larin for most goals on the team this season with five.
Defense has been sparkling for the Huskies as well, as the team has not allowed a goal in three matches. With junior goalkeeper Andre Blake out with an injury for the first two during that period, redshirt sophomore Jacob Wagmeister has stepped up by posting back-to-back clean sheets. Blake returned in the team’s last match against Columbia and picked up right where Wagmeister left off, recording a clean sheet the 30th of his career as well.
The hosting Cardinals, have also had a tremendous season so far. With the team’s latest victory, a 3-0 road victory over the defending NCAA champion, Indiana, on Tuesday, Louisville has won seven out of its last eight contests. Sophomore forward Ricardo Velazco has led the way for his team offensively with 16 points this season on five goals and six assists, while junior goalkeeper Joachim Ball anchors the Cardinals defense. Ball made a career-best seven saves against the Hoosiers, recording his seventh clean sheet the season. The Deutenberg, Germany native has played every minute in all of Louisville’s 12 matches this season and has conceded only six goals.
In an effort to promote collegiate soccer, the National Soccer Coaches Association of America will broadcast this match on NSCAATV.com. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Cardinal Park.