Oct. 12, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - Behind two goals from sophomore Mamadou Doudou Diouf, the No. 1 UConn men's soccer team defeated BIG EAST rival Providence, 2-1, at Morrone Stadium. The Huskies had their program record shutout streak snapped at nine games. The Huskies improved to 12-0-1 (3-0-1 BIG EAST) while Providence dropped to 6-5-1 (1-2-1 BIG EAST).
The Huskies came into the game with nine-straight shutouts, a new program record and two away from equaling the NCAA record. The streak ended at 961:32. Andre Blakemade four saves in the victory with PC goalkeeper Johan Obando stopping seven, including several from point-blank range.
While the score ended 2-1, the Huskies were the more dangerous team throughout the contest, finishing with an 18-8 edge in shots.
In the 12th minute, Nickardo Blake made a run down the right line and cut into the box only to have his shot blocked by a sliding PC defender. Rebound came to Tony Cascio16 yards out on the left side but his shot was rocketed over the bar.
In the 21st minute, Diouf checked back to receive the ball 30 yards from net. Diouf slotted a through ball to Cascio on the left side. Cascio's chip over the charging keeper went just wide of the right post and out for a goal kick.
The Huskies found the opening goal in the 25th minute with Alvarez connecting with Diouf for his seventh goal of the season. Carlos Alvareztook several dribbles across midfield and sent a through ball from 25 yards out to Diouf. Diouf took one touch and slotted the ball from the right side into the left side netting to make it 1-0.
The Huskies outshot Providence, 11-3, in the opening 45 minutes. Blake recorded two saves with Obando denying five UConn shots.
Diouf made it 2-0 with an incredible shot from 25 yards out in the 53rd minute. After taking a pass from Cascio 30 yards from goal, Diouf smashed a left-footed shot into the top-right corner, his team-leading eighth of the season.
The Friars cut the deficit to 2-1 with a bad angle shot from four yards off the end line that deflected off Andre Blakeand into the cage. The goal ended UConn's program record of nine-straight games without allowing a goal. The Huskies had not conceded in 961:32 dating back to September 4 against Cal.
The Huskies looked to equalize just a minute later but failed to score on three point-blank attempts. Juho Karppinen ripped a wide-open shot from eight yards out wide. Seconds later, freshman Allando Mathesonhad a golden opportunity from the top of the six saved by Obando. The rebound came to the left side of the six. Karppinen looked to make it 3-1 only to have Obando make an incredible recovery save to keep the score at 2-1.
Sophomore Andrew Jean-Baptiste saved a certain goal with only 20 seconds left for Connecticut. A cross from the right side came in over the outstretched arms of Andre Blake. A PC attacked headed the ball straight towards the left side. Baptsite came rushing across the goal line to dive and clear the ball inches from making it 2-2.
Connecticut will be in action next against Pittsburgh at Morrone Stadium beginning at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for all UConn students. Tickets must be picked up at the UConn Athletics Ticket Office by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14.