Junior Captain Carlos Alvarez
Oct. 22, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - In front of a sell-out crowd of 5,100 fans at Morrone Stadium, the No. 1 UConn men's soccer team earned a 0-0 draw with No. 24 Georgetown. The Huskies outshot Georgetown, 18-8. Andre Blake needed just one save on the night. UConn moves to 13-1-2 (4-1-2 BIG EAST). Georgetown goes to 9-3-4 (4-2-1 BIG EAST).
The Huskies dominated possession for 70-percent of tonight's contest but lacked the finishing touch in the final third.
Colin Bradley had a decent chance for Connecticut in the 18th minute after a foul by Georgetown 10 yards past half. Max Wasserman bent in a free kick from the right side that was punched out by the GU keeper. Bradley hit the shot one-time from the top of the box, but his attempt went high.
UConn continued to pressure and worked the ball throughout the midfield and created the two best chances of the first 25 minutes.
After a give-and-go with Stephane Diop on the left side, Alvarez found space at the top of the box and ripped a shot towards the bottom-left corner. The shot was saved and Diop and Mamadou Doudou Diouf failed to communicate, squandering the chance for a rebound. Minutes later, Wasserman bent in a free kick from the left side. The ball found its way to Diop who headed towards an open net. A Georgetown defender stepped in front to clear the ball off the line.
The Hoyas had one chance in the first half. Georgetown's leading scorer Steve Neumann made a run towards goal but pulled his shot from the top of the box wide right.
The first half ended with UConn ahead in shots, 5-3, and shots on goal, 2-0. The Huskies had one corner kick to Georgetown's zero.
The first 25 minutes of the second half saw UConn maintain possession in the center of the field but fail to generate many quality opportunities. Colin Bradley created his own opportunity in the 62nd minute. Bradley outraced a pair of defenders 25 yards out and bent a shot from straight on towards the left post that curled just wide.
Nickardo Blake and Allando Matheson combined in the 76th minute. Blake played the ball to Matheson up top for a give-and-go at the right side of the box. Matheson eventually found the return pass but was unable to poke the ball home.
Matheson also had a header in the 83rd minute that went wide of the left post after a cross from Alvarez on the right side.
Tony Cascio nearly broke the deadlock in the 84th minute with a hard shot towards the left corner. Gomez dove to his right to keep it at 0-0. The resulting corner ended with a shot from Jossimar Sanchez that went well wide.
Regulation ended with UConn ahead in shots, 15-5, and shots on goal, 3-1.
After a scoreless first overtime, Alvarez and Matheson combined at the top of the box in the 101st minute. Matheson played a back-hell pass from the top of the box to Alvarez. His low cross was just out of the reach of Diop at the back post that would have resulted in a tap-in for the victory.
Diouf had the final chance of the game for UConn in the 109th minute. After a long through ball from Diop, Diouf was in a footrace with a GU defender and hit an off-balance shot wide right.
Connecticut will host Marquette in the final regular season home game on Wednesday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. Marquette currently leads the BIG EAST Blue Division. The Huskies sit in second with two games remaining. UConn will finish the regular season at Seton Hall on Saturday, October 29.