UConn offense shut down, unable to score
Published: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 00:09
It took more than 90 minutes to decide who would go home top dog in No. 3 UConn’s Top 10 matchup against No. 10 University of Washington. After both teams continued to reach a stalemate after two overtime periods, the two Husky squads went home with a 0-0 tie.
UConn’s ten shots in regulation doubled Washington’s five, but both teams failed to score at all before overtime was needed.
Potent offense stifled
The UConn defense faced its toughest test of the season so far Tuesday night against an offense that had scored nine goals in its first three games. But junior defenseman Sergio Campbell and the rest of the back line were able to keep the potent Washington offense off the board for the entire game.
“They gave us a tough fight,” Campbell said. “But we were hungry for it.”
UConn fought physically in a match that saw four yellow cards issued. The defense was able to keep the Washington attack shut down for the entire game, including their leading scorer Taylor Peay–who was named Pac-12 Player of the Week.
“We went out there to be physical,” Campbell said. “If they’re going to be physical we’re going to be physical back.”
Richey goes down
There was a scary moment with less than seven minutes remaining in the second half when freshman Cyle Larin collided with Washington goalkeeper Spencer Richey. Larin was able to get up after a minute, but Richey struggled to get up and eventually had to be carted off the field with a lower leg injury.
It was a tough loss for the West Coast Huskies, especially considering that Richey has earned multiple honors already this season including being named a third team All-American. Backup redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Ryan Herman came in for Richey and preserved the shutout for the final 25 minutes. Extra time loving
UConn and Washington are no strangers to overtime in Storrs. The West Coast Huskies visited UConn on September 7 last year in another Top 25 matchup when a Max Wasserman free kick turned out to be the deciding goal as UConn escaped with a 1-0 overtime goal.
Tonight there was no deciding goal, and the West Coast Huskies remain on top of the all time series between the two squads with a 3-2-1 advantage as they leave Connecticut.
Tuesday night’s game was the first of two East Coast matches for Washington this season. They head to Providence Friday to play Brown. UConn will not play another West Coast team for the rest of the regular season.
The quotable Ray Reid
Junior goalkeeper Andre Blake was phenomenal for UConn once again Tuesday night. The defense was essential to the victory, but matters would have been much more difficult for the East Coast Huskies if Blake had he not been there to break up several deep throw-ins and offensive opportunities.
On his goalkeeper and all-around leader, head coach Ray Reid was as always happy as could be to have him between the pipes.
“You’re looking at the LeBron James of goalkeepers,” Reid said. “He’s a humble guy and he’s a great leader.”