STORRS, Conn. - The No. 8 UConn men's soccer team recorded 12 shots and held Quinnipiac to just one shot on goal in a scoreless draw in its opening preseason game on Sunday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Redshirt freshman Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) made the start in goal for the Huskies, recording one save in the first half before he was relieved by junior transfer Triston Henry (Scarborough, Ontario), who didn't face a shot on goal. The Huskies outshot the Bobcats 12-4 for the match and held Quinnipiac to just one shot on goal.
Sophomore defender Jakob Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) created several scoring opportunities for the Huskies in the first half starting in the 10th minute. The Connecticut right back drove deep into the Quinnipiac box and found sophomore forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario), who fired a shot that was blocked by a Bobcat defender.
Larin had another chance at goal eight minutes later when he put a head on the ball into Quinnipiac goalkeeper Borja Angoita's hands near the far post of following a Connecticut corner. In the 20th minute, Nerwinski again found himself in the right side of the box, where he delivered a pass to sophomore forward Ethan Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.). The UConn forward put the ball on target but it was blocked by the defense and the attack was cleared. Decker and Larin both finished the first half with two shots on goal.
Quinnipiac's best chance in the first half came in the 28th minute following a scramble in the box after a shot from outside the 18-yard mark. Bobcat midfielder Raphael Carvalho gathered the loose ball and poked it towards the Connecticut goal, where Nerwinski was waiting to clear it off the line for the Huskies. UConn held a 7-2 shot advantage in the first 45 minutes of play.
Connecticut opened the second half with another quality scoring opportunity in the 55th minute when redshirt freshman Santiago Muriel (Norwalk, Conn.) flicked on a nice ball to freshman midfielder Joseph Swenson (Massapequa Park, N.Y.). Swenson then found senior forward Allando Matheson (North York, Ontario) near the top of the box and the UConn striker ripped a shot right into the arms of Angoita.
Matheson nearly put the Huskies on the board two minutes later when he found some space above the box and curled the ball over the outstretched hands of Angoita. His shot knocked off the crossbar and the Huskies were unable to take advantage of a dangerous rebound in the box.
The Bobcats final scoring opportunity came in the 78th minute on a corner kick that sailed by several players in the box to the far post of the Connecticut net. The ball found midfielder James Greco but his header missed wide left and UConn earned a goal kick.
Matheson set up one more scoring chance in the 85th minute after he was taken down before the top of the box after making a move towards goal. Junior forward Nicholas Zuniga (Norwalk, Conn.) sent the free kick in the box, finding redshirt junior defender Will Noiset (Wethersfield, Conn.) for a header that missed high.
UConn continues its preseason slate on Saturday, Aug. 23 when it faces Boston College at home at 7 p.m. before the Huskies open regular season play on Aug. 29 at home against No. 17 Coastal Carolina.
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