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UConn 1, Boston Univ. 1 2OT
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 4/1 UConn men's soccer team went ahead 1-0 in the first half but allowed a second-half goal and settled for a 1-1 tie at home to Boston University on Sunday night. The Huskies record goes to 4-0-1 while Boston University moved to 1-3-2.
The Huskies went ahead on a Carlos Alvarez goal in the 30th minute but for the second time this season, allowed the opposition to equalize in the second half.
"We started really well and we let it get away from us," said UConn Head Coach Ray Reid. "The game turned into a scrum a bit and we never really got it back in the second half."
Boston University tallied 24 fouls and two yellow cards on the night and outshot Connecticut in the second half, 10-5, to earn the tie.
Alvarez gave Connecticut the lead at 29:47 with his first tally of the 2012 campaign.
Flo Liu switched the field from left to right, directly to Alvarez streaking down the right side. Alvarez took a touch and fired a shot that was saved from 15 yards out. Alvarez collected the rebound at the top-right corner of the box and calmly chipped Thomson into the far post.
Alvarez's goal was the culmination of an excellent spell of play for the Huskies beginning in the 17th minute.
Sean Weir was taken down just outside the box, setting up a free kick for Max Wasserman at 16:41. Wasserman bent his shot around the wall, forcing an excellent save out of Nick Thomson. Thomson was sensational, making five saves.
Mamadou Doudou Diouf took a bouncing through ball from Colin Bradley at the top of the box, but lifted his shot over the bar from straight away at 17:14.
Weir then collected a loose ball in the box at 21:35 and fired a low shot towards the far post, forcing yet another timely save from Thomson.
UConn held a 6-4 edge in shots in the first 45 minutes.
Boston University came out for the second half and generated several quality chances with Michael Bustamante hitting the crossbar from inside the box at 49:27.
The Terriers would find the equalizer at 60:18. After a cross from the right side, Derek McCaffrey drove the ball back across the box for Ali Sozeri to flick home from six yards out.
Thomson came up with his third excellent save of the night at 76:54, this time robbing a Colin Bradley shot from the top of the box headed for the top-left corner.
UConn keeper Andre Blake made the save of the season for Connecticut with a diving stop to his right to deny a header from Dominique Badji from inside the six yard box at 80:22.
Regulation ended with Boston University ahead in shots, 14-11.
Allando Matheson had the best chance for either team in the first overtime session, firing a shot from 20 yards out that forced a diving save by Thomson with 1:05 remaining.
Matheson had a chance with four minutes remaining from but his attempt to hit the top corner from the end line missed wide.
Wasserman had two free kicks from the top-left corner of the box in the remaining two minutes of the second overtime session but hit both attempts high.
Connecticut will play at Harvard on Friday, September 14 beginning at 4 p.m. That game can be heard live at WHUS.org, 91.7 fm.