Oct. 20, 2012
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Behind a goal and an assist from Adria Beso and a game-winning goal from senior All-American Carlos Alvarez, the No. 4 University of Connecticut men's soccer team rallied for a 2-1 victory at Pittsburgh after falling behind in the first half, 1-0. Connecticut improved to 13-1-1 (5-1-0 BIG EAST) while Pittsburgh dropped to 6-8-2 (0-7-0 BIG EAST).
"This game just showed how resilient this team really is," said UConn Head Coach Ray Reid. "We were all over them, dominating throughout. They get a fluky goal and we battled back. Our guys turned up the energy and were really focused tonight. This was a really good performance for us."
Connecticut sits tied with Marquette, UConn's lone defeat in 2012, for first in the BIG EAST Blue Division at 15 points.
Alvarez notched his sixth goal of the year in the 67th minute for the game-winning tally. He now has six goals and seven assists for 19 points in 2012.
Even though Connecticut held a 9-1 edge in shots at the time, the Huskies fell behind for just the second time all season in the 35th minute. Pittsburgh midfielder Andy Clifford put the Panthers ahead at 34:59 with his first goal of the season shot into the left corner.
Alvarez and Beso took over in the second half as Beso evened at 57:36 with a blast from 35 yards out. The goal was Beso's second of the season. The assist on the play went to classmate Max Wasserman, his fifth of the year.
At 66:22, Alvarez notched the game-winning goal with the assist going to sophomore midfielder Adria Beso. Beso set the goal up with a pass splitting the Pittsburgh defense. Alvarez took a touch around the goalkeeper and put home his seventh goal of the season and the 20th of his career.
Alvarez nearly added a second in the 78th minute with a shot from 20 yards out that deflected off a Pittsburgh defender and rolled just wide of the net. The resulting corner kick was cleared away.
Connecticut will be in action next with the final road match of 2012 at Providence on Wednesday, October 24 at 3 p.m. That match can be heard at whus.org, 91.7fm.
The final home game of the 2012 regular season will take place on Saturday, October 27 against the Friars beginning at 4 p.m. UConn will honor the eight-member senior class prior to the contest. Less than 300 tickets remain for that contest.