NEWTON, Mass. – Despite the first career goal from redshirt-sophomore midfield Alex Sanchez, the UConn men’s soccer team dropped a 3-1 decision to Boston College on Tuesday night at Newton Campus Field. With the setback, the Huskies move to 3-1-3 in the 2015 season, while the Eagles improve to 5-2-0.
Boston College struck first, taking a 1-0 advantage in the 7th minute when Zeiko Lewis picked off a pass in the attacking zone and beat redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Scott Levene on a 1-on-1 chance. It marked Lewis’ second goal of the 2015 campaign and the first opening period goal allowed by Connecticut this season. The Eagles doubled their lead with 19:59 remaining in the opening stanza when Trevor Davock notched his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Lewis and Zuegner.
The Eagles added a third first-half goal at the 31-minute mark when Lewis scored his second of the game, putting a shot into the back of the net after holding off a Husky defender at the top of the box.
UConn got on the board in the 64th minute when Sanchez put a shot on target from 20 yards out, assisted by freshman forward Fredrik Jonsson. For Sanchez, it marked the second-straight game with a point after he dished out an assist in the team’s 1-0 win over URI on Saturday night. Sanchez also became the fifth different Husky to score his first career goal in the 2015 campaign, joining Jonsson, Abdou Mbacke Thiam, Andrew Geres and Tyler Leeman.
The loss snapped UConn’s 13-match unbeaten streak and moved the squad to 31-9-3 all-time against its ACC foe.
Levene finished the contest with five saves, while his counterpart Alex Kapp picked up the win, stopping one Husky shot.
Freshman left back Mamadou Moustapha Samb found open space in the 10th minute, taking the ball up the left flank and sending a cross of an Eagle defender to earn the game’s first corner but the ensuing set piece was too high and curled out of the box.
UConn earned back-to-back corner attempts midway through the first half after Jonsson nearly tied the match up with a header that nicked off the jersey of a BC defender. 10 minutes into the second half, Jonsson had a good look in the box, putting a shot on target that was punched over the crossbar by Kapp.
The Huskies open American Athletic Conference play on Saturday, Sept. 26 when they travel to Tampa, Fla. to take on USF. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Corbett Stadium.
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