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No. 8 Huskies Shut Out UNC Greensboro, 2-0

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(September 11) - Ryan Cordeiro (Highland Mills, N.Y.) scored the game-winning goal for the second time this season as the No. 8 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team blanked UNC Greensboro, 2-0, to win the adidas-Brown Classic Sunday afternoon on the campus of Brown University. Chukwudi Chijindu (Fontana, Calif.) posted his second goal of the tournament to cement the win and garner tournament offensive MVP honors. With the win, the Huskies move to 4-0-0 on the season, while the Spartans fall to an even 2-2-0.

The two teams battled it out in the first half, with UConn controlling the tempo for much of the period; however, neither team was able to find the back of the net. Despite the 8-6 shot advantage in favor of the Spartans and the lack of first-half goals, the Huskies dominated on the attack through the first 45 minutes of action. Cordeiro started things off just five minutes into the contest, attempting to connect on a serve from David Fromayan (Bay Shore, N.Y.), but UNCG keeper Jay Benfield made the stop. Several other good opportunities followed, but Huskies weren’t able to follow through.

Led by Hermann Trophy candidate Julius James (Maloney Gardens, Trinidad) and Karl Shilling (Canton, Conn.), the Huskies’ strong defensive play was able to keep the Spartan attack at bay. Mid-way through the first half, UNCG leading scorer and Hermann Trophy candidate Randi Patterson sent a hard shot into the box, but Schilling managed to get a foot on the ball to deflect it up and over the goal. Strong play on both defensive ends led to both teams retreating to the sidelines scoreless at the half.

The 0-0 tie would not last much longer because just over two minutes into the second frame, Cordeiro collected a through pass from O’Brian White (Scarborough, Ontario), turned and fired it into the lower right corner of the net to put the Huskies on top, 1-0. Moshe Shalchon (Rishon Lezioh, Israel) also assisted on the game-winning tally for his first help of the year.

The Huskies continued to attack in their controlled, deliberate fashion, until the 77th minute when UConn keeper Adam Schuerman (Brookfield, Wis.) sent a long ball downfield to Stanley Ford (Liverpool, N.Y.), who shoved it to Chijindu in time for him to punch into the goal from 18 yards out. The defense again clamped down, limiting the Spartans to just one shot in the remaining 13 minutes of action.

The Huskies return to action on Friday, Sept. 16, at 7:00 p.m. against BIG EAST newcomer Cincinnati in the conference opener in Ohio. UConn will then travel to Louisville to face the Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2:00 p.m.

Goals by period       1    2    F
UNC-Greensboro....  0    0   0
UConn.................  0    2   2

1.  47:18 UC    Ryan Cordeiro (O’Brian White, Moshe Shalchon)
2.  77:02 UC    Chukwudi Chijindu (Stanley Ford, Adam Schuerman)

Shots: UNC-Greensboro 13, UConn 12
Saves: UNC-Greensboro 5 (Jay Benfield 5), UConn 4 (Adam Schuerman 4)

adidas-Brown Classic
All-Tournament Team
Brown-Ben Brackett
Brown-Rhett Berstein
UConn-Mpho Moloi
UConn-Adam Schuerman
UConn-Willis Forko

George Mason-Anthony Noreiga
George Mason-Teba McKnight
UNC-Greensboro-Jamie Carlson
UNC-Greensboro-Henning Jonason

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