UConn men's soccer heads to Harvard to face the Crimson
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 23:09
The No. 4 UConn men’s soccer team travels north to play Harvard today at 4 p.m. in its second road game of the season.
Last time out the Huskies (4-0-1) squandered a second-half lead against another Boston school, Boston University, en route to a 1-1 draw. Senior Carlos Alvarez scored for the Huskies.
UConn remained No.4 in the NSCAA Coaches’ Poll, but dropped three spots in the Soccer America poll to No. 4 after the tie.
Senior Max Wasserman was named to the Big East Honor Roll after his game-winning free-kick on Sept. 7 in overtime over Washington.
Connecticut earned a much-needed five-day rest after playing into overtime in three of its previous four games.
The first and only road game came against Michigan State on Sept. 3. UConn won 1-0 on a first half goal from sophomore Allando Matheson. Harvard beat the Spartans by the same score at home four days later, despite taking only eight shots.
In Harvard’s opening match they battled UMass to a 1-1 draw. The Huskies defeated the Minutemen 2-0 in an exhibition match on Aug. 12.
UConn enters Friday’s match with the Crimson (1-2-1) dominating opponents in shots (72- 45). They have taken 15 more corner kicks than their opponents. Matheson leads the team with five points and 10 shots on goal.
Sophomore goalkeeper Andre Blake has played every minute in net this season. He has held opponents to 0.38 goals per game average and has posted an .875 save percentage.
The uncertainty for the Crimson lies between the goalposts. Harvard has not found a consistent goalkeeper. Freshmen Joe Festa and Evan Mendez have been splitting time in net.
This is the 28th meeting between the two New England schools, with Connecticut holding the all-time series lead 14-8-5, including four consecutive wins.