Dec. 6, 2013
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Despite scoring late goal in the first half to even the score, the No. 10 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team allowed a score at 62:12 and fell to eighth-seeded Virginia, 2-1, in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. UConn ends its season at 12-3-8 while Virginia (13-5-5) advances to the College Cup next weekend in Chester, Pa.
The Cavaliers scored the game-winner in the 62nd minute when UVA midfielder Jordan Allen was able to find the back of the net following a corner. The ball bounced around in the box for a couple of seconds before Allen was able to find the ball, settle it, and put in the net.
UConn fell in the NCAA Quarterfinals for the third consecutive season. The loss snapped UConn’s 17-game unbeaten streak, dating back to 9/17 against Syracuse.
After the Cavaliers opened the scoring early in the game, UConn senior defender Kareem Morad evened the match at one after Connecticut was awarded a corner kick in the 38th minute. Junior midfielder Adria Beso’s cross found the far post of the Virginia net and the ball deflected to Morad, who ripped a shot from the box into the lower right corner of the net. The score was Morad’s first goal of the season and freshman Cyle Larin was credited with the assist. With the score, Morad became the 10th different Husky to score this season.
UVA’s first goal came in the 11th minute when Cavalier forward Darious Madison put home his fifth score of the season. Madison was able to get a foot on a volley that came from the left side of the net and sent the ball towards the back of the UConn net.
The Huskies had a couple of scoring opportunities in the first 45 minutes, attempts five shots and putting one shot on goal. In the fourth minute, Larin nearly netted his 15th goal of the season on UConn’s first corner kick of the match. The Brampton, Ontario native found himself with the ball in front of the near post of the UVA goal and ripped a shot but the attempt missed wide and the ball went rolled over the end line.
In the 13th minute, Larin took aim at goal once again, firing a shot from just outside of the box. His ball had plenty of pace on it, but it wasn’t on target, missing wide left.
UVA had two good looks at goal in the first half, starting in the 11th minute. Cavalier defender Scott Thomsen gathered the ball off a deflection and fired the ball towards UConn junior goalkeeper Andre Blake, who was able to make the save. In the 31st minute, UVA midfielder M Salandy-Defour tried his luck from 24 yards away and his shot missed left of the net.
UConn had a great scoring chance early in the second half when freshman defender Jakob Nerwinski streaked toward the left side of the UVA box with the ball. Nerwinski sent a very serviceable ball into the box but he couldn’t connect with Mamadou Diouf, who was running right towards goal.
In the 84th minute, the two tried to hook up again for a goal, as Nerwinski volleyed the ball right to Diouf near the top of the box. The Dakar, Senegal native gathered the ball but couldn’t get a shot off before a UVA defender intervened.
American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Year Andre Blake finished the match with a season-best nine saves while Virginia keeper Calle Brown ended with two saves.
The Cavaliers have evened the all-time series between the teams at 2-2.