STORRS, Conn. (September 19, 2008) - Senior captain Dori Arad (Hahotrim, Isreal) scored at 76:08 to lead the No. 7/5 University of Connecticut men's soccer team over No. 19/16 Louisville 1-0 to begin BIG EAST Conference play on Friday, Sept. 19 at Morrone Stadium. With the win, the Huskies improve to 3-0-3 on the year and 1-0-0 in the BIG EAST as the Cardinals pick up their first loss of the season and drop to 5-1-1 overall and 0-1 in the conference.
At the 76:08 mark in the second half, freshman midfielder Toni Stahl (Tuusula, Finland) dropped a pass in front of the box to senior captain O'Brian White (Scarborough, Ont.), who then passed the ball off to Arad just to the right of the goal, leaving enough room for Arad to square up and drill the ball into the lower left corner of the net to put the Huskies up 1-0.
The Huskies had a few opportunities in the first half of play, as Mike Pezza (Jackson, N.J.) had a good look at the net off a free kick but his shot was snatched out of the air by Louisville goalkeeper Andre Boudreaux.
Stahl played aggressively for the Huskies as he just missed putting UConn up early in the first half when his header went slightly left of the goal and the hands of Boudreaux. One of the biggest chances that the Huskies had to score in the first half was by White, who had a fast break at the 36:28 mark. White went one-on-one with the Cardinals' goalkeeper, but a diving save by Boudreaux stopped White's chance of getting a clean shot at the net.
In the 67th minute, Akeem Priestley (Kingston, Jamaica) was able to beat the defenders to the corner of the 18-yard box and fired a shot that hit the post, just wide of the target. Senior Oscar Castillo (El Monte, Calif.), BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week, led the solid Huskies' defense once again, as UConn picked up its fifth shutout of the season. UConn goalkeeper Josh Ford (Liverpool, N.Y.) made three saves in 90 minutes of play. Ford and the Huskies, currently ranked fourth in the Soccer America Poll and seventh in the NSCAA/adidas Poll, are unbeaten through six games while they have allowed just one goal in all six contests.
UConn will return to action as they host BIG EAST opponent Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Morrone Stadium. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.
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