STORRS, Conn. – The No. 8 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team resumes regular season play on Monday when the team hosts Stony Brook at 7 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Admission to the match will be free for UConn students.
The Huskies fell to No. 17 Coastal Carolina, 3-2, on Friday, losing their home opener for the first time since 2006. Sophomore forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) netted his 15th career goal in the 8th minute to open the scoring for Connecticut, and an own goal by Coastal in the 51st minute pushed the UConn lead to two.
The Chanticleers would respond quickly, scoring three goals in the next 20 minutes, and in the 71st minute Coastal forward Ricky Garbanzo headed in the game-winner, connecting on a cross from the right side of the box. Coastal outshot UConn, 16-9, for the match and redshirt junior goalkeeper Jacob Wagmeister (River Edge, N.J.) recorded five saves in the loss.
Monday’s match will be Connecticut’s fourth all-time meeting with Stony Brook in a series that dates back to 2005. The Huskies won each of the three previous games against the Sea Wolves, who lost to Central Connecticut, 1-0, in their season opener on Friday.
Stony Brook returns eight starters from last season’s team that went 6-10-1, and the Sea Wolves were picked to finish fourth in the America East this season in a preseason coaches poll released earlier this month. Tomorrow’s game will mark the first time the Sea Wolves play a team ranked in the top-10 since they faced No. 7 Charlotte in 2012, and will be the first meeting against UConn since the teams’ played to a 0-0 draw in an exhibition match two years ago.
Following their match against Stony Brook, the Huskies will open their road schedule against No. 11 Wake Forest on Friday at 7 p.m. The nationally-ranked Demon Deacons are one of three UConn opponents this season that were ranked in the NSCAA/Continental Tires Preseason Poll.