Mamadou Diouf tallied both goals in tonight's victory.
Sept. 19, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - Preseason All-American Mamadou Doudou Diouf (Dakar, Senegal) notched a pair of goals to lead the University of Connecticut past New England rival Boston College, 2-0, at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on Wednesday night. UConn improved to 6-0-1 while BC fell to 2-3-1.
Connecticut extended its home unbeaten streak to 30 games dating back to November 7, 2009. Penalty kick results count as ties in the official NCAA record book.
Tonight marked the second straight and eighth multi-goal game of Diouf's career.
Connecticut had the majority of the possession throughout but Boston College finished with a 9-7 edge in shots.
"We have two days to rest now leading up to St. John's on Saturday," said head coach Ray Reid. "We have to play better against St. John's. They don't have any weaknesses. We weren't sharp enough tonight."
UConn will open BIG EAST action against St. John's in Storrs on Saturday at 7 p.m. That game is SOLD OUT. Fans can follow the action with live video at uconnhuskies.com or listen live at WHUS.org, 91.7fm.
Sophomore Andre Blake (May Pen, Jamaica) finished with three saves to earn his fourth shutout of the season.
Diouf connected on a shot from the top of the box in the 11th minute and from the penalty spot in the 74th minute. Tonight marked Diouf's second successful penalty kick of the season.
"There's no pressure for me (when taking penalty kicks)," said Diouf. "I'm thinking nothing when I walk up. I just think - shoot, score. That's it."
Diouf opened the scoring in the game's opening minutes for the second-straight match. At 10:38, Diouf took a pass from Carlos Alvarez (Los Angeles, Calif.) at the top of the box and curled a shot past BC keeper Justin Lithy just inside the right post. Stephane Diop (Dakar, Senegal) also assisted on the play. Diouf scored two goals in the opening 10:31 against Harvard.
"Carlos put it right to me. I saw two or three defenders coming around me and tried to fake like I was shooting. Sometimes it works. Tonight I scored," said Diouf.
Connecticut held possession for much of the half but failed to generate many quality chances following the opening goal.
UConn outshot BC in the half, 4-3, with both keepers making two saves.
The Huskies nearly doubled the lead just three minutes into the second half. Stephane Diop sent an early cross into the box from the left side that rolled completely through the 18 to Max Wasserman racing in. Wasserman's one-time shot was denied with a goal-saving block from BC defender Isaac Taylor.
Boston College had its best opportunity of the game off a set piece in the 57th minute. BC defender Chris Ager connected on a glancing header just wide of the right post after a free kick from Kyle Becker 45 yards out.
Becker was the most dangerous player on the field for BC, finishing with five shots on the game, including two on frame.
Diouf made it 2-0 with his successfully converted penalty kick at 73:42. It was his sixth goal of the season.
Allando Matheson subbed in moments later and had a near breakaway denied by Luthy from 14 yards out. Matheson outmuscled the last defender 20 yards from goal but hit his low shot right at the legs of Luthy charging towards the top of the box.