Men’s soccer drops nine spots in rankings following loss to Bradley
Published: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 23:09
The UConn men’s soccer team fell nine spots in the latest NSCAA rankings in the aftermath of last Wednesday’s draw against No. 10 Washington and Saturday’s home loss versus unranked Bradley. Third nationally in last week’s coaches’ poll, UConn now finds themselves outside of the top ten for the first time in a year. With last night’s match against Syracuse standing as the Huskies’ first visit away from Storrs and the friendly confines of Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for the season, converting shots will be significant in turning the tide from here on out.
In the draw with Washington, UConn outshot UW 11-6. The Bradley game featured a similar story. The Huskies totaled 14 more shots than their opponents, but failed to shoot on goal until the 68th minute. Despite being favored in the matchups, UConn walked away from both meetings without victory. Capitalizing on opportunities will statistically be the remedy as UConn begins their conference slate.
Next Friday’s game in Tampa, Fla. against USF will provide the Huskies with their first taste of conference action as members of the newly formed American Athletic Conference. They’ll follow their trip to Florida with home games against AAC foes UCF, Rutgers and Memphis, for the first time as conference rivals. A third of the way into what still appears to be a promising season, UConn looks to avenge last year’s premature postseason exit will a strong conference performance. The opportunity for such success will certainly present itself as September turns into October.