Sept. 14, 2012
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 4/4 UConn men's soccer team traveled to Cambridge, Mass. and exploded for a 6-0 victory at Harvard. Preseason All-American Mamadou Doudou Diouf finished with two goals and an assist to lead the Huskies.
The six goals scored were the most since defeating Manhattan at home, 6-0, on September 7, 2010. UConn last scored more than six goals in an 8-1 victory over Iona on September 13, 1995.
Diouf finished with two goals and an assist. Carlos Alvarez added a goal and an assist.
Connecticut dominated all facets of the game from the opening whistle, maintaining possession throughout.
The Huskies scored just 4:31 into the game Diouf's third goal of the season off a perfectly placed ball from Carlos Alvarez. Alvarez collected loose ball in the midfield and sent a long ball over the top, splitting the two center backs. Diouf took a touch and finished in the left side for the 1-0 lead.
The Huskies continued the early pressure and made it 2-0 at 11:00 with Diouf's second of the game and fourth of the season. Diouf harassed the right back of the Harvard defense forcing a loose ball. The preseason All-American took two touches and fired just inside the far post.
It was 3-0 at 22:56 with an excellent shot from Stephane Diop curled into the top-right corner from the top of the box. The play was created from a Flo Liu cross on the left side after the senior back subbed in minutes before.
Following the goal, Connecticut maintained possession for the remaining 22 minutes. Alvarez and sophomore Adria Beso connected with Colin Bradley and George Fochive to consistently keep the ball on the foot of a UConn player.
Connecticut finished the half ahead on shots, 5-2 and corner kicks, 3-0.
The Huskies took it straight to Harvard at the start of the second half, making it 4-0 off the foot of Alvarez just 22 seconds in. Sanchez passed up to Diouf at midfield who hit a through ball for Alvarez. Alvarez calmly beat Harvard keeper Evan Mendez into the right side for his second goal of the season.
Matheson finished the scoring with a blast into the top-right corner from the top of the box. The assist went to Juho Karppinen.
Wasserman put home UConn's final goal with another excellent free kick into the top-left corner from 25 yards out. Wasserman also scored from a direct kick to lead UConn past Washington live on Fox Soccer Channel on September 7 in Storrs.
The Huskies will host Boston College at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18. That game can be heard live at WHUS.org, 91.7 fm. Tickets are still available at UConnHuskies.com.