Men's Soccer Notebook: UConn sets season-high with four goals
Published: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 00:10
UConn’s early season offensive woes were once a concern for a team with national title aspirations, but have been dissolved quickly after the Huskies put up four more goals in their match Tuesday night against Columbia.
The match, one of UConn’s last two non-conference contests, was the Huskies’ third consecutive victory. With the win, UConn has improved to 6-2-4, (2-0-3 in the American) on the season.
Goals galore, Huskies on an offensive outburst
With four goals Tuesday night–a new season-high–the Huskies have scored a total of seven in their last two games and 17 on the season.
The last time the Huskies scored four goals in a match was Oct. 17, 2012 when the UConn defeated Seton Hall, 4-0.
Freshman forward Cyle Larin continues to produce for UConn; his score in the 15th minute gave him 11 points on the season, good for the most on the team.
Larin’s scoring partner in the team’s previous match against Memphis, junior forward Allando Matheson, added two more goals in Tuesday’s match. The goals were Matheson’s fourth and fifth on the season, tying him with Larin for most on the team. All of Matheson’s goals have come within the last four matches.
Matheson talked about the “intensity” he is bringing to the team and how that has helped his scoring surge.
“We are playing good as a team,” Matheson said. “We’ve been working on box run a lot over the last couple of week, so this feels good to pay off.”
Redshirt senior Colin Bradley tallied a goal in the 33rd minute on a penalty kick that was awarded to UConn after a handball was called against Columbia.
Bradley’s goal was the second of his career, his first also coming a week ago against Rutgers on a penalty kick.
Andre Blake returns from injury
After missing two games due to an injury from Oct. 5 against UCF, UConn junior goalkeeper and Hermann Trophy Watch List candidate Andre Blake returned to action Tuesday night against Columbia.
Prior to his injury, Blake has recorded three shutouts for the Huskies this season. The replacement during his absence, Jacob Wagmeister, has been impressive as well. The redshirt sophomore posted back-to-back clean sheets in as many games to help UConn pick up two victories.
Blake did not miss a beat when he returned to the pitch and said he felt “great” and “happier” after the match, as he recorded his 30th career shutout and his 40th career win Tuesday night.