Aug. 25, 2012
STORRS, Conn. – A goal off of a penalty kick in the 36th minute by junior forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) held up in a 1-0 victory for the University of Connecticut men’s soccer team in its season opener in front of a sellout crowd of 5,100 at Morrone Stadium over St. Francis (NY) on Saturday night.
Diouf netted his first goal of the season on a well struck ball into the right side of the net to give the Huskies a 1-0 lead over the Terriers. The opportunity was set up by a hard tackle in the box as senior midfielder Stephane Diop (Dakar, Senegal) made a move with the ball toward the net.
Connecticut had several chances to score earlier in the half, but were unable to find the back of the net. In the 19th minute, junior midfielder George Fochive (Silver Spring, Md.) slipped a pass through to a cutting Diouf, who beat his defender but lifted a shot just over the cross bar. Diouf had another look from inside the box at the 28:23 mark as he one-timed a pass that was chipped in from sophomore midfielder Adria Beso (Lleida, Spain) that was saved by the SFNY goalkeeper.
Shortly before Diouf’s PK, the Huskies nearly broke through again as sophomore forward Allando Matheson (North York, Ont.) ripped a shot wide on a through ball from Diop.
For the game, UConn outshot St. Francis 16-3. Senior Tyler Clarhaut made six saves for the Terriers, while sophomore Andre Blake (May Pen, Jamaica) needed only one to record his first shutout of the season.
The lone shot on goal for St. Francis came at the 78:51 mark. Junior John Johansson drove a corner kick toward the penalty mark where it was headed weakly on net by sophomore Cyril Coisne. Blake made the initial save and quickly punched the ball over the cross bar after a high bounce.
The Huskies return to action next Friday, August 31 at home as the host Dartmouth at 7:00 pm.