STORRS, Conn. – The No. 8 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team faces Boston College on Saturday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in the team’s final preseason game. The match starts at 7 p.m. and admission to the game will again be free.
Connecticut, which opens the regular season on Friday, Aug. 29 at home against No. 17 Coastal Carolina, earned a scoreless draw against Quinnipiac in its first preseason game last Sunday. The Huskies held a 12-4 shot advantage in the match and allowed just one shot on goal. Sophomore forwards Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) and Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) led UConn with two shots on goal, while redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) and junior transfer Triston Henry (Scarborough, Ontario) both saw time in net.
Henry and four other newcomers, defenders Elliott Ackroyd (Nottingham, England) and Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and midfielders Joseph Swenson (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) and Cheikh Stephane Coly (Dakar, Senegal), tallied minutes on the pitch against the Bobcats. Coly recorded a shot in the match, while Greenberg and Ackroyd helped anchor a Connecticut defense that didn’t allow a single shot on goal in the final 45 minutes.
The Eagles, who were picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Division of the ACC earlier this week, beat Holy Cross, 2-1, in their first preseason game, as forward Isaac Normesinu and midfielder Mohammed Moro both tallied goals in the win. The Huskies are 31-8-3 all-time against the Boston College in a series that dates back to 1974, and UConn defeated the Eagles, 2-0, at home in 2012 with both goals coming from former Connecticut forward Mamadou Diouf.