STORRS, Conn. (September 2) - After 62 minutes of missed opportunities and close calls, Kevin Burns (Greenfield, Ind.) found the back of the net to give the No. 19 Huskies the lead and ultimately the win, as the University of Connecticut mens soccer team defeated St. Peters, 2-0, Friday night in the UConn/adidas Classic at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. With the win, UConn earns its first season-opening victory since 1999 and its second shutout win in an opener under the reign of Head Coach Ray Reid, who begins his ninth season with the Huskies.
The Husky defense kept the St. Peters attack from threatening throughout much of the contest, limiting the team to just three shots on the day, all of which were saved by UConn keeper Adam Schuerman (Brookfield, Wis.). On the other side of the ball, UConn dominated, putting up 14 shots in the contest and working to an 8-0 corner kick advantage.
The Huskies controlled play throughout the first half, coming up with several close scoring attempts without reward. Ryan Cordeiro (Highland Mills, N.Y.) started things off less than five minutes into the contest with a header that hit the crossbar before being picked up by Peacock goalie Pat Nagawiecki, who finished the night with two saves. Twenty minutes later, Burns fed the ball to a wide open OBrian White (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) who raced downfield untouched and seemingly scored a goal, but was called back due to an offsides call.
The opening minutes of the second period produced much of the same, as Moshe Shalchon (Rishon Lezioh, Israel) and White each ripped shots just inches wide right. Halfway through the 62nd minute of action, things started to go right for the Huskies. Cordeiro crossed the ball from left to right to Willis Forko (Houston, Texas) who turned and swiftly fed it to Burns, who was able to head the ball into the net for the first goal of the Huskies 2005 season.
Several more wide shots followed over the next seven minutes before Shalchon collected a pass from Chukwudi Chijindu and popped the ball into the lower left corner of the net to score his first-ever career goal. With the two-goal lead intact, the Huskies cruised through the final 20-plus minutes of action, giving up two shots down the stretch to the fighting Peacocks.
The Huskies return to action Sunday night at 7:00 p.m. against Hartwick in the final game of the 2005 UConn/adidas Classic. The Hawks defeated Brown 2-1 in the early game Friday afternoon. St. Peters will face Brown at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.
St. Peter's (0-1) vs. UConn (1-0)
Date: Sep 02, 2005 Attendance: 3523
Weather: Clear and warm, 78 degrees
Goals by period 1 2 F
. 0 0 0
UConn.................. 0 2 2
1. 62:30 UC Kevin Burns (Willis Forko, Ryan Cordeiro)
2. 69:38 UC Moshe Shalchon (Chukwudi Chijindu)
Shots: St. Peter's 3, UConn 14
Saves: St. Peter's 2 (Nagawiecki, Pat 2), UConn 3 (SCHUERMAN, Adam 3)