Sept. 25, 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 2 University of Connecticut men's soccer team improved to 8-0-1 on the season with a 2-0 victory at Yale on Tuesday night. Allando Matheson and Mamadou Doudou Dioufscored for the Huskies. Yale dropped to 3-4-2 with the loss.
"We really did a good job offensively moving the ball tonight," said Head Coach Ray Reid. "We were mature. We did a good job defensively shutting them down. It was a plus all the way around tonight."
Senior Carlos Alavarez continued his hot stretch of soccer with two assists to lead the Huskies. The reigning BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week now has points in five straight games with four goals and five assists.
"He's stepping his game up big time right know. We knew he could do it all along. We need him to do that," added Reid. "At UConn our offense always comes last, just because of the way we play. Yale wasn't bad defensively, he's just really on his game right now."
Andre Blakefinished with one save to earn his sixth shutout of the season.
Stephane Diophad the first chance of the game for either team 10 minutes in. Diop took a pass from Alvarez at the top-left corner of the box, beat a defender and fired towards the top-left corner forcing a nice save from Yale keeper Bobby Thalman.
Thalman finished with four saves as UConn outshot the Bulldogs, 15-6.
Connecticut continued to attack down the left flank resulting in shots from Mamadou Doudou Dioufand another from Diop that went wide.
The Huskies finally broke through the compact Yale defense with an Allando Matheson goal at 36:23, his fifth of the season. Matheson took a touch to his right foot and beat Thalman on the right side from eight yards out. Carlos Alvarezset it up with a pass to Matheson from the top of the box.
Alvarez forced another save from Thalman in the 42nd minute, ripping a shot from 25 yards out on the left side curling towards the far right corner.
After one half, Connecticut was ahead, 1-0, with a 9-3 edge in shots and a 4-1 edge in corner kicks.
Yale picked up the pressure immediately to start the second half, forcing two turnovers by the UConn defense. Mitch Wagner had two chances that were blocked by sliding UConn defenders.
Diouf made it 2-0 with a blast from 15 yards out at 55:26. Giveaway from the Yale defense to Alvarez on the left flank led to the goal. The goal was Diouf's seventh of the season with Alvarez notching his second assist of the game and fifth of the season.
Defensive midfielder George Fochivenearly made it 3-0 with a rocket from 35 yards out that swerved just wide of the right post in the 58th minute.
Diouf had a shot from 20 yards out headed for the lower-left corner parried away by Thalman at 61:00.
Yale had a pair of corner kicks in the final 20 minutes forcing Blake off his line to clear away the danger.
UConn will get back into BIG EAST action when it plays host to Notre Dame at 7 p.m. in Storrs on Saturday, September 29. That game is SOLD OUT.