STORRS, Conn. – Chandler Klemm tallied his first goal of the 2015 season at the 105:26 mark to lead Memphis to a 1-0 double-overtime victory over the UConn men’s soccer team on Saturday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. With the setback, the Huskies move to 3-3-2 and 0-2-0 in league play while the Tigers improve to 2-5-2 overall.
Connecticut out-shot their American Athletic Conference opponent, 11-to-8, and also held an 8-to-3 edge in corner kick opportunities throughout the 105-minute contest.
The Huskies’ first chance of the match came in the fifth minute when freshman forward Fredrik Jonsson put two close-range shots on frame that were knocked away. In the 19th minute, senior forward Tyler Leeman sent a through-ball up the middle of the box for Abdou Mbacke Thiam, who was unable to catch up to the pass before Memphis keeper Jake Leeker covered it up.
Leeman and Thiam came close again with 10 minutes remaining in the opening period as the senior flipped a ball into the box but Leeker was able to close the space and smother the pass. Two minutes later, Jonsson raced to the endline and sent in a cross toward the feet of Thiam but his attempt slipped wide of the net.
Midway through the second half, junior co-captain Jake Nerwinski stole a pass near the corner flag and charged toward the box, sending in a pass to redshirt-freshman Matheus Souza, who fired a shot toward the cage that was blocked away.
UConn had an excellent chance in the 74th minute as Kwame Awuah sent in a low cross toward the foot of redshirt-sophomore defender Andrew Geres but his attempt bounced around in the box and was cleared out by the Memphis backline.
Connecticut now owns a 2-1-0 all-time record against Memphis in a series dating back to 2013.
The Huskies move to 0-1-3 in overtime contests this season. Defensively, UConn has held its opponents to one goal or fewer in eight of nine games this season.
UConn continues its conference slate on Wednesday, Oct. 7 when it hosts Cincinnati at Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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