Sept. 11, 2011
TULSA, Okla. - The No. 3 UConn men's soccer program continued its undefeated start to the 2011 season and advanced to 5-0 with a 1-0 victory over SMU in the final game of the Hurricane Classic played at Hurricane Stadium in Tulsa, Okla. Junior Max Wasserman scored the lone goal of the match to give the Huskies their third shutout of the season.
UConn defeated Tulsa on Friday, 1-0.
Connecticut has won the first five games of the season since the Huskies went 7-0 to open the 2007 campaign.
"I thought our guys were very resilient this weekend. These were two NCAA tournament teams. SMU and Tulsa are going to win a lot of games this year. I was pleased with our mentality on the road," said head coach Ray Reid.
The Connecticut defense stifled SMU throughout the contest. Freshman goalkeeper Andre Blake needed to make just one save to earn the shutout.
Wasserman gave UConn the deciding goal with a free kick in the 76th minute. Set up roughly 22 yards from net, Wasserman blasted his direct-free kick into the top-right corner. It was his second goal of the season with both coming on free kicks.
Neither team generated much offense on the day, but the Huskies closed with a 2-1 edge in shots on goal.
Junior Carlos Alvarez had a pair of free kicks in the first 20 minutes of the second half. His first attempt from 25 yards out headed for the near post that was denied by a finger-tip save from the SMU goalkeeper. His second attempt from the top of the D at the top of the box curled over the wall but flew just over the cross bar
SMU's best chance of the night came in the 74th minute but a shot from Juan Castillo in the box was hit hard but in range for Andre Blake to smother and clear the danger.
Connecticut has now faced and defeated four teams in five games that advanced to the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The Huskies will face Boston University on Friday, September 16 in Boston, Mass.