Oct. 18, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - UConn's No. 1 men's soccer program traveled to Morgantown, W. Va., and suffered the first defeat of the season, falling 2-0 to the Mountaineers. Connecticut fell to 13-1-1 (4-1-1 BIG EAST) while West Virginia improved to 8-5-1 (4-2-0 BIG EAST).
UConn goalkeeper Andre Blake made three saves while WVU's Justin Holmes stopped five shots.
The Huskies had yet to trail in 2011 and it took a penalty kick for the Mountaineers to go up, 1-0. Shadow Sebele buried his shot from spot in the 34th minute.
The Huskies had chances throughout the night but failed to put home the finishing touch. Mamadou Doudou Diouf finished the game with three shots, including a quality header that hit the cross bar in the 17th minute.
Allando Matheson had a scoring chance in the seventh minute. Mamadou Doudou Diouf placed a through ball into space for Matheson but his shot went wide right.
Diouf nearly gave UConn the lead in the 17th minute but his header hit off the cross bar after a corner kick driven in from the right side by Max Wasserman. Diouf continued to pressure the West Virginia defense and fired a shot from inside the box in the 27th minute that was denied by a diving save from Holmes at the right post.
The Huskies were undone during a scramble inside the UConn box in the 34th minute. Freshman keeper Andre Blake stoned a West Virginia shot from point-blank range but a foul call by the referee resulted in the deciding penalty kick.
Connecticut held the edge in corners, 7-1, and shots, 8-7, but trailed at half time for the first time this season.
The Huskies avoided going down 2-0 in the 63rd minute with Andrew Jean-Baptiste clearing a shot off the goal line by West Virginia's Ruben Garrido. Baptiste cleared a shot off the line last week against Providence with only 20 seconds remaining.
Diouf had another aerial opportunity late in the contest and headed a cross from Wasserman over the bar from the top of the six-yard box in the 70th minute
West Virginia added an insurance goal in the 79th minute. Eric Shoenle headed home a bending cross by Sebele.
Just a minute later, Diouf almost cut the lead in half with a shot from 14 yards out after a pass from Cascio but a West Virginia defender blocked the ball away for a corner kick. The resulting corner was cleared away by the Mountaineer defense.
West Virginia finished the contest with a 14-12 edge in shots. Both teams generated five shots on goal.
Connecticut will host Georgetown at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night at Morrone Stadium. The Huskies will honor the three graduating seniors, Nickardo Blake, Lionel Brown and Tony Cascio, prior to kickoff