UConn soccer begins roadtrip against No. 5 Hoyas
Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 22:10
The No. 2 ranked University of Connecticut Men’s soccer team face their toughest test of the season thus far when they play No. 5 Georgetown this afternoon in Washington D.C.
On the back of defeating Notre Dame 2-1 last Saturday in front of 5,100 fans at a sold out Joseph J. Morrone Stadium UConn looks to push on into the toughest run of the season.
In recognition of his stellar player last week in wins against Yale and Notre Dame senior attacking midfielder and Captain Carlos Alvarez was again named Big East Offensive Player of The Week. This is Alvarez’s second consecutive week winning the award.
In today’s game against Georgetown, both teams head into the match undefeated with Georgetown wielding a 10-0-1 record and UConn just one win behind with a 9-0-1 record.
Georgetown has played an easier schedule than UConn so far this season, not facing any teams currently ranked in the top 25. Although with three overtime wins so far this season over Virginia, University of Illinois at Chicago and Rutgers, Georgetown have certainly been battle tested. Georgetown now enter into the toughest stretch of their season facing Uconn, Notre Dame, Lehigh, Marquette, Providence in their next five matches.
The strong Georgetown attack is led by freshman phenom Brandon Allen. Allen has started all 11 matches scoring eight goals and making two more. Allen has played internationally for the USA U-18 team at the Lisbon Youth Tournament, and was the leading scorer for the New York Red Bulls’ Academy last season scoring 28 goals in 24 matches. Playing upfront with Allen is senior Andy Riemer. Riemer has scored five goals so far this season, as many as he scored in the entirety of last season.
At the back the Hoyas have a bit of a platoon goalkeeper situation developing as Tomas Gomez and Keon Parsa have both seen significant time with Gomes making seven starts and Parsa making four.
The Huskies have continued their impressive defensive run giving up just one goal in their last five matches, leaving them with the most impervious defense in all the Big East two goals to the good ahead of Marquette and three better than Syracuse.
The last time UConn played Georgetown was last year on October 22nd. UConn came into the match ranked No. 1 in the nation and Georgetown the No. 24th ranked team. The two teams played out to a 0-0 draw but UConn was on the front foot for most of the match out shooting Georgetown 18-8.
After playing Georgetown in Washington DC this afternoon, UConn travels to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to play No. 10th ranked Marquette on Saturday before coming back to Storrs to play Iona next Tuesday.