UConn takes on Memphis in search of second straight win
Published: Friday, October 11, 2013
Updated: Friday, October 11, 2013 01:10
In a battle of cats and dogs, the UConn men’s soccer team will take on the new conference rival Memphis Tigers tomorrow, after earning their first conference victory of the season Wednesday night.
The Huskies (4-2-4, 1-0-3 American) jumped to an early lead against Rutgers Wednesday night after redshirt senior Colin Bradley scored his first career goal on a 16th minute penalty kick. UConn was able to stymie the Rutgers offense for the remainder of the game to preserve the 1-0 victory, the first for the Huskies as a member of the American Athletic Conference.
Even more impressively, UConn defeated Rutgers without its two captains in the lineup. Star goalkeeper Andre Blake and last season’s leading scorer Mamadou Doudou Diouf were both sidelined Wednesday night due to injuries.
Memphis (7-4-1, 2-2-0 American) has had even success so far in conference play, with multiple goal wins over both South Florida and Cincinnati. The Tigers fell to both Central Florida (who UConn tied 2-2 on Oct. 5) and Rutgers (who UConn beat 1-0 Wednesday) dropping them to 3-3 over their last six games after a 4-1-1 start to their season.The Tigers have enjoyed a well-balanced attack so far this season, with three different players scoring at least three goals through the team’s first 12 games. Senior midfielder Shane Keely, a transfer from the University College of Dublin, has led the charge with four goals.
Redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui will start the match between the pipes for the Tigers. Uzcategui has five shutouts on the season coming into Saturday night’s match.
Memphis is one spot behind UConn in the conference standings after each team’s first four games in The American. Both teams have six conference points but the Huskies hold the advantage due to having fewer losses. UConn and Memphis will both have three conference matches after their meeting Saturday night.
UConn kicks off against Memphis tomorrow nigh at Morrone Stadium.