Sept. 20, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Two goals in a ten minute span was all the No. 2 UConn Huskies needed to defeat No. 10 Boston College on the road tonight to advance to 7-0. Both UConn preseason All-Americans Carlos Alvarez and Tony Cascio scored to lead the Huskies. Boston College fell to 5-2 with the loss.
Freshman Andre Blake recorded a season-high eight saves to earn his fourth-straight shutout and his fifth overall this season. BC Keeper Justin Luthy stopped four shots on the night.
Connecticut recorded its fourth-straight win away from home with three road wins and one victory on neutral ground. The three road victories already equal the total from last season just seven games into 2011.
Even on the road, the Huskies benefited from the support of the famed Goal Patrol as dedicated members of the student fan group piled into two busses to support their team.
After an even first half, the Huskies came out and dominated in the second half, scoring both goals within 16 minutes. UConn outshot Boston College, 10-6, in the final 45 minutes.
The Huskies quickly imposed their will on the Eagles, outshooting BC 5-2 in the first 25 minutes of the second half and keeping possession for much of the final 45 minutes.
Nickardo Blake gave UConn the momentum early in the second stanza. After a defensive stop at the top of the UConn box, the Huskies quickly countered toward the BC end. Blake was able to rip a shot that skipped low off the turf, but Luthy dove to his left to make the save in the 48th minute.
In the 51st minute with the Huskies on a break in the BC third, Alvarez was able to find an open lane straight ahead of the BC goal. From 19 yards out, the UConn captain put his shot just inside the left post, skimming the turf the whole way though. It marked his second goal of the season.
Alvarez netted the game-winning goal for the second-straight season against Boston College as the Huskies handed BC the same 2-0 defeat in Storrs in 2010.
Cascio made it 2-0 with another low shot, using the speed of the turf to beat Luthy once again. In the 61st minute, Cascio flew down the left side and ripped a low shot into the right side on a tight angle for his second of the season. The assist went to junior Stephane Diop, his second of the year.
Connecticut's defense, led by center backs Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Michael Mercado, road out the remaining 30 minutes to record the shutout.
The opening half saw Alvarez generate UConn's first quality chance in the 12th minute. After beating a defender on the left side, Alvarez ripped a shot from outside, but the attempt was straight at the BC goalkeeper.
Blake made the necessary saves in the opening 45 minutes, highlighted by a tip over the bar on a shot from distance by BC's leading scorer Amit Aburmad in the 21st minute.
Both teams generated five shots in the opening half. Blake finished the first half with four saves with BC keeper Luthy needing just one save in the first 45 minutes.
UConn will face St. John's in one of the most anticipated games of the season and the BIG EAST Conference opener for both schools on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 p.m. Both teams come into the match ranked in the top-15 as St. John's currently sits at No. 12 in the NSCAA poll.
The UConn drum line will be in attendance along with the UConn cheerleaders and Jonathan, the Husky Dog. Fans are encouraged to wear white to help WHITE OUT Morrone. Get your tickets soon as tickets will not last.