Men's Soccer: UConn travels to Yale for final non-conference game of season
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 22:10
With only three matches remaining in the season, the UConn men’s soccer team (6-2-5, 2-0-4 the American) will play its final non-conference contest when they travel to New Haven to take on the Yale Bulldogs (3-7-1, 2-0-1 Ivy League) on Tuesday night at Reese Stadium at 7 p.m.
UConn is coming off a hard-earned 2-2 draw against the seventh-ranked and conference-leading Louisville Cardinals Saturday. Goals from Edir DaGraca and Cyle Larin ensured the Huskies are yet to be beaten in the American.
With the draw, it should allow UConn to climb back into the Top 25 of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll this week after receiving votes in the week prior. The Huskies have not lost in eight contests were ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation at one point, but fell out of the poll after three consecutive ties against USF, Temple and UCF in the past month.
UConn will look to Larin, who was named conference Rookie of the Week for the second time this season, and junior forward Allando Matheson to lead the offense. The duo has combined for 11 of the team’s 18 goals on the season. Meanwhile, the trio of Sergio Campbell, George Fochive and Michael Mercado, all of whom have won conference Defensive Player of the Week honors this season, will anchor the Huskies’ defense, along with junior goalkeeper Andre Blake manning the posts. UConn has given up only nine goals in 13 matches and its 0.64 goals against average is the 14th best in the nation.
For the hosting Bulldogs, they are coming off consecutive shutouts after a 1-0 win over Dartmouth and a 0-0 draw with Cornell. Yet to be beaten in its conference as well, Yale is tied with Prince and Penn for first place in the Ivy League, and has had its best start in the conference since 1991 when the team won its first three conference matches.
The Huskies had success against an Ivy League opponent this year; they dismantled the Columbia Lions with a season-high four goals match last week.
UConn has won its last four meetings against Yale, including a 2-0 victory last year at New Haven. The last time the Bulldogs got the upper hand was in 2003 when they topped the Huskies, 1-0, at Morrone Stadium.