STORRS, Conn. – Despite a strong defensive effort, the No. 13/24 UConn men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 contest to American Athletic Conference foe USF on Saturday night in front of a sell-out crowd at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. With the setback, Connecticut falls to 10-4-0 overall and 3-1-0 in American play, while USF improves to 6-6-2.
The Bulls opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Melvin Becket tallied his fourth goal of the season, scoring on a free-kick pass from Ricardo Gomez.
Redshirt-junior Scott Levene made one save in the 90-minute match, while his counterpart Spasoj Stefanovic picked up his sixth win of the season with one save in a clean-sheet effort.
In the 10th minute, sophomore defender Simen Olafsen send a long ball down the left flank toward Dylan Greenberg, who sent in a cross towards the box that was blocked away. The match’s first shot came on a free kick in the 16th minute when Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Ont.) fired a 22-yard attempt that hit the side netting.
With 13 minutes remaining in the opening half, midfielder Alex Sanchez (Corona, Calif.) found space in the box and put a shot towards frame that was cleared off the line by the USF centerback and resulted in the Huskies’ first corner kick opportunity of the match.
Awuah found Thiam in the box in the 46th minute but the sophomore striker’s shot was pushed over the crossbar from eight yards out. In the 65th minute, freshman Niko Petridis (Norwalk, Conn.) collected a rebound in the box and attempted a right-footed shot that slipped wide right of the near post.
The Huskies had another excellent look in the 68th minute when Sebastian Brems sent in an inswinging corner attempt that bounced around in the box before being cleared out by the backline.
With the loss, UConn moves to 11-3-3 all-time against USF.
The Huskies return to the pitch on Tuesday, Oct. 18 when they welcome ACC foe Boston College to Morrone Stadium for a 7 p.m. kickoff. A full preview will be available on uconnhuskies.com on Monday morning.