Aug. 23, 2014
STORRS, Conn. – The No. 8 UConn men’s soccer team rounded out its preseason schedule with a 2-2 draw against Boston College, led by first half goals from Connecticut sophomore forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) and senior forward Allando Matheson (North York, Ontario) in front of a crowd of 4,705 Saturday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
Larin, Connecticut’s top goal scorer last season, put the Huskies on the board in the 23rd minute after he was taken down in the box and awarded a penalty kick. The UConn striker calmly stepped up and drilled his shot into the right side of the net past Boston College goalkeeper Alex Kapp.
Matheson doubled the Huskies’ lead 11 minutes later on a gorgeous bicycle kick deep in the Eagles’ box following a UConn corner. Freshman defender Dylan Greenberg’s (Dix Hills, N.Y.) corner kick found Larin, who headed the ball towards Matheson in right in front of Kapp, and the Husky forward found the back of the net off the acrobatic finish.
The Eagles cut into the Connecticut lead in the 38th minute after Boston College midfielder Idrissa Bangura gathered the loose ball in the box and slipped it passed junior goalkeeper Triston Henry (Scarborough, Ontario) to make it 2-1. Henry responded minutes later though, making a diving save to stop B.C. forward Phil Sandgren and the Huskies, who held a 7-6 shot advantage in the opening period, went into halftime with a one-goal advantage.
Boston College leveled the match at two in the 83rd minute on a cross from the left side, as B.C. forward Isaac Normesinu’s ball into the box connected with Cole DeNormandie, who drilled the ball to the back of the net past redshirt junior goalkeeper Jacob Wagmeister(River Edge, N.J.).
The Huskies saw several quality scoring opportunities in the second half, starting in the 68th minute when senior midfielder Edir DaGraca (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verdes Island) flicked on a great pass to sophomore forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) near the left side of the box. Vanacore-Decker was unable to Connecticut with the ball, which trickled out of bounds and the danger was cleared.
Matheson nearly put home another spectacular shot in the box, as he managed to get a foot on a cross from sophomore defender Jakob Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) in the 70th minute, but his flick on fell right into the hands of Kapp, who punted the ball to safety.
Wagmeister and Henry combined for four saves on the night, while UConn outshot the Eagles 14-12 for the game.
Connecticut opens the regular season next Friday when it hosts the nationally-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers at 7 p.m. at Morrone Stadium.