No. 3 Men's Soccer falls to Providence
Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 23:10
The No. 3 UConn men’s soccer team was upset by the Providence Friars 1-0 Wednesday afternoon. The loss knocks the Huskies to 13-2-1 overall and 5-2-0 in Big East play.
Providence sophomore forward Marcus Ugarte scored the game’s only goal in the 55th minute. He received a pass from teammate Keith Jecewiz and fired a shot past UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake into the lower right corner from six yards out.
Connecticut’s best opportunity came in the 36th minute when senior Max Wasserman found the head of Sergio Campbell off a corner kick. Campbell was able to redirect the past but went wide of the left post.
Freshman Nick Zuniga played meaningful minutes for the first time all season and he made the most of his opportunity. Shortly after Campbell’s failed attempt, Zuniga came out of a traffic jam in front of the Providence goal with the ball but his shot went over the crossbar.
Zuniga nearly tied the game off a corner kick with ten minutes remaining. His first shot was redirected by the Friar goalkeeper and his follow-up shot from the six-yard box was denied by a sliding Providence defender.
Wednesday’s game marked the third time the Huskies have trailed all season. Their most recent minutes spent behind came in a 3-2 defeat on the road against Marquette two weeks ago, their first loss of the year.
The rematch between the Huskies and Friars is set for this Saturday at 4 p.m. Eight Connecticut seniors will be honored before a sold out crowd at Morrone Stadium as part of the Senior Night festivities. Providence will be fighting for a spot in the Big East tournament, as they are tied with Seton Hall with six Big East points each.
The game can be heard live on 91.7 FM WHUS or streamed online at whus.org. All post-season games are scheduled to be covered by WHUS as well.