Aug 24, 2013
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's soccer team wrapped up exhibition play with a 1-0 win over NJIT Saturday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Huskies took both exhibition matches and will open the season on Friday, August 30th against St. Francis at 7:00 p.m. at Morrone Stadium.
The Huskies opened the scoring in the 23rd minute, when senior forward Mamadou Diouf headed a ball into the bottom left of the net from six yards out off a corner kick from Adria Beso. For Diouf, the goal marked his second of exhibition play, both of which were game-winners.
The Huskies had numerous opportunities throughout the first half, outshooting the Highlanders 5-0. In the 36th minute, Diouf passed a ball to the Cyle Larin in the middle of the box. Larin dodged a defender and pulled the trigger, but had his shot blocked harmlessly away by a Highlander center back. Larin finished the match with a game-high five shots, putting three on goal.
The Huskies had few true chances in the second half, but couldn't capitalize in the 58th minute when Beso threaded a through ball to Kwame Awuah who sent a cross to Diouf. A Highlander defender knocked the ball back to Awuah who tapped a ball right into the chest of the goalkeeper.
NJIT's first real opportunity came in the 51st minute when Marko Drljic one-timed a shot from 20 yards out that curled wide of the net. The Connecticut defense was impressive throughout the night as they held the Highlanders to just four total shots, with one on goal.
Andre Blake played all 90 minutes, recording one save, including a diving effort on a header from Drljic, and earned the win. For the Highlanders, David Tuchinsky allowed the lone Husky goal and recorded six saves, taking the loss.
Fifteen Connecticut players saw action in the contest with veterans Allando Matheson and Kareem Morad coming off the bench for head coach Ray Reid.
"I think some guys played well tonight," said Reid. "We have work to do before our match this next weekend. I think there were some positives."
The Huskies will look to begin the season with a win against the Terriers next Friday. Last season, UConn downed St. Francis 1-0 in the season-opener.