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Huskies drop consecutive matches for the first time since 2008
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 00:09
The UConn men’s soccer team has faced more than their share of challenges in the last seven days and has come out on the losing side of the past two.
The No. 12 Huskies (2-2-1) were unable to overcome a first half Syracuse goal in their first game away from Storrs this season, losing 1-0. The Orange (4-2-0) entered Tuesday night’s match following a 3-0 home loss to No. 4 Notre Dame but were able to hang with every offensive opportunity the Huskies put together.
The Huskies had three corner kicks in the first 20 minutes of the game while not letting up a single shot from the Orange. But Syracuse freshman Alex Halis finally broke through the UConn defense halfway through the first half with his fourth goal of the season putting the Orange up 1-0.
The Orange appeared to go up 2-0 after a collision with UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake and a Syracuse goal from freshman Chris Nanco. However, a foul was called for the collision and the goal did not count.
UConn had seven corners in the match, including one that lead to a near header goal from freshman Cyle Larin but just missed. Senior Mamadou Doudou Diouf and junior Adria Beso helped lead several scoring efforts throughout the match, but Syracuse goalkeeper Alex Bono finished the evening with five saves in the shutout.
Overall, the offensive struggles plaguing the Huskies so far this season continued at Syracuse. The Huskies still have only two goals over five games and have not found the back of the net in the past three.
UConn’s loss comes only three days after a 1-0 home loss to Bradley University, the first loss of the season for the No 3 Huskies. It marks the first time UConn lost two matches in a row since consecutive losses to West Virginia and Providence in October 2008.
The loss will presumably push the Huskies further down the national rankings, as they fell from No. 3 to No. 12 after their loss to Bradley.
UConn returns home for another tough test Saturday night. The Huskies will take on the No. 10 St. Louis University Billikens at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.