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Men's Soccer Hosts No. 9 Notre Dame on Saturday

Nkosi Burgess fends off a Quinnipiac attacker on Monday (Steve Slade).
Aug. 31, 2017


NOTRE DAME: STATS | VIDEO | @UConnMSOC

STORRS, Conn. –
The UConn men’s soccer team welcomes No. 9 Notre Dame in a Saturday night showdown at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, as the old rivals meet for the 25th time, with a kickoff of 7 p.m. (ET).

The Huskies (1-1-0) hold an 11-9-4 edge in the all-time series against the Fighting Irish, including an 8-2-1 mark at home. Saturday’s game is available on live stats, live stream via Husky Vision, or @UConnMSOC for Twitter updates.

Earlier this week, junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam netted the overtime game-winner in the 94th minute against Quinnipiac on Monday– propelling the Huskies to a 1-0 victory. Redshirt junior Dylan Greenberg assisted on the goal, crossing the ball in front to Thiam.

Bouncing back from a double-overtime loss to Iona in the season opener, the Huskies outshot the Bobcats, 15-2. In the first two games, UConn has a combined shots advantage of 27-7 and a 20-2 edge in corner kicks over opponents.

Despite dropping out of the United Soccer Coaches Poll, the Huskies still received eight votes this past week. The Fighting Irish, originally No. 10, moved up a spot after starting 2-0 with wins over San Diego and Cal Poly in the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament.

Notre Dame takes its first trip to Storrs since the 2012 season, when the Huskies beat the Irish, 2-1, on Sept. 29. UConn hasn’t lost to Notre Dame at home since 2006.

OPPONENT OUTLOOK

Notre Dame has outshot opponents, 47-13, in the first two games of the season. Jeff Farina leads the Irish with three goals on just six shots, while Felicien Dumas has four points (one goal, two assists) of his own. Notre Dame, led by 17-year head coach Bobby Clark, reached the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament last season.

FACING THE RANKED

The last time UConn defeated a ranked opponent at Morrone Stadium was a 2-1 victory over No. 24 SMU on Oct. 25, 2014 – a good way for the Huskies to celebrate Senior Night. Two current MLS players, Cyle Larin and Jake Nerwinski, scored UConn’s pair of goals against the Mustangs.

THE STREAK CONTINUES

Redshirt senior goalkeeper Scott Levene has now started 54 consecutive games between the posts for UConn, third-most in program history. He is just two starts away from tying UConn legend Andre Blake for second all-time (56).

TOUGH PATH AHEAD

Notre Dame is the first of several matches UConn will play against ranked opponents this season. In the last United Soccer Coaches Poll, Maryland sits at No. 6 (Oct. 2) and Boston College is No. 22 (Oct. 17).


 

 

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