Men's Soccer: UConn heads to Syracuse for midweek matchup
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 23:09
After suffering its first regular season loss at home since 2009, the third-ranked UConn men’s soccer team (2-1-1) will look to rebound in its first road match of the season when they take on former Big East rival Syracuse tonight at the SU Soccer Stadium.
The Huskies were dealt a shocking loss at the hands of the Bradley Braves on Saturday when junior goalkeeper Andre Blake committed a foul inside the penalty box that set up a penalty kick for the Braves that would turn out to be the game-winning goal.
Apart from the goal, which was the first one conceded by the Huskies all season, the rest of the team’s defense has been splendid. Senior defender Michael Mercado was named the American Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of Week, and coach Ray Reid has said that he is not concerned with the defense at all.
UConn’s offense, however, has struggled as of late. Despite outshooting opponents 64-25 this season, the Huskies haven’t been able to find the net in 249 minutes. Their last goal came in their win over Boston University back on Sept. 6.
As for the hosts, Syracuse is 3-2-0 on the season and is coming off a 3-0 loss to No. 4 Notre Dame on Friday. Freshman midfielder Alex Halis has been the spark of offense for the Orange with seven points so far this season and a team-leading three goals. On the defensive side, sophomore goalkeeper Alex Bono has played all 458 minutes between the pipes this season with 18 saves and six goals conceded.
The Orange hold a 7-5-1 edge on the Huskies in games played at Syracuse, but the Huskies hold a 22-10-3 advantage all-time. Syracuse has not scored on UConn since October 2004 and the teams last met in September 2009 when the Huskies pulled out a 2-0 victory at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Kickoff for tonight’s game is scheduled for 7 p.m.