Men's Soccer to Face First Ranked Opponent in 2009

Sept. 4, 2009

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STORRS, Conn. - The No. 12/13 University of Connecticut men's soccer team will complete its two-game home stand to open the 2009 season with a Saturday night battle against No. 23/24 Boston University at Morrone Stadium on Sept. 5 at 8:00 p.m.

In UConn's season opener, the Huskies used two second half goals to surpass St. Peter's 2-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at Morrone Stadium in front of a crowd of 3,744. Junior transfer Alan Ponce scored UConn's first goal of the season with a game-winning tally before captain Kwame Watson-Siriboe recorded his first career goal to extend the UConn lead to 2-0.

Josh Ford made one save in goal at the only shot on goal for the Peacocks and picked up his 27th career shutout at UConn, moving him to fourth place among UConn's all-time shutout leaders.

The Huskies are 27-12-2 against Boston University since their first match in 1951, a game in which the Huskies won 3-1 on Oct. 31.

The last match-up between the two programs came in 2008 as the Huskies and Terriers battled to a 0-0 double overtime tie at Morrone Stadium.

Boston University is currently 0-0-1 on the year after its 1-1 double overtime draw at UMass on Tuesday night.

Led by Shaun Taylor, who scored the Terriers' lone goal, Boston University registered 19 shots in their season-opener. Hrafn Davidsson played all 110 minutes in net for the Terriers and recorded six saves, while allowing one goal.

Aaron O'Neal recorded the assist on Taylor's goal against the Minutemen as he and Taylor are the only two Terriers with points so far this season.

Head coach Neil Roberts enters his 25th season with Boston University and will try lead his program to the top of the America East Conference in 2009.

The Terriers opened the 2009 season at Massachusetts for a non-conference match-up against the in-state foe. After 110 minutes, the teams' had to settle for a double-over tie as both programs scored one goal a

UConn head coach Ray Reid and Boston University head coach Neil Roberts both graduated from Southern Connecticut State University, where they both played soccer for the Owls.Roberts was a transfer student from Mitchell Junior College and spent two seasons with the Owls. Reid and Roberts were both two-year captains at SCSU, while Reid was a three-year starter.

The Huskies are 444-175-47 all-time when playing at home, while last season they finished 8-2-3 at Morrone Stadium. UConn opened the season with a 2-0 win over St. Peter's at home on Wednesday night. (There were no teams during the 1943-45 seasons and the 1941 and 1942 seasons did not have home/away records available)

The Huskies hit the road for four games as they travel to Hanover, N.H. for the Dartmouth Invitational on Friday night. UConn will take on host, Dartmouth, in a 7:00 p.m. contest on Friday, Sept. 11 before facing Iona on Sunday, Sept. 13 at noon.On Sept. 18 UConn will head to Villanova to open up BIG EAST Conference action and will continue on to Piscataway, N.J. to match-up with Rutgers before returning to Storrs.

Josh Ford is currently in the top-10 in wins (32), fewest losses (8), consecutive starts (47), lowest GAA (0.56) and shutouts (27) in the Huskies' career record book. Mike Pezza has 32 assists in four years (including the 2009 season), moving him into seventh place among UConn's all-time assist leaders.

On Nov. 22, 2008 the Huskies used a 2-0 victory over Virigina in NCAA Tournament play to earn the program's 700th win (regular & post-season).Tonight marks the programs' 1,229th game as the Huskies hold an overall program record of 701-433-94 since 1928.

The Huskies are 234-237-40 all-time on the road and will make their first road trip of the season next week as they travel to Dartmouth to take on the Big Green in non-conference play. (There were no teams during the 1943-45 seasons and the 1941 and 1942 seasons did not have home/away records available)

UConn is 15-12-4 when playing at a neutral site with an opponent. The Huskies will face Iona on Sunday, Sept. 13 at noon as part of the Dartmouth Invitational, which will be their first neutral site game since their 5-1 loss to Saint Louis in 2006 at the Indiana Tournament in Bloomington, Ind. (There were no teams during the 1943-45 seasons and the 1941 and 1942 seasons did not have home/away records available)

UConn looks forward to another promising season in 2009 after advancing to the NCAA Final 16 last fall. The Huskies are poised to reach their 12th consecutive and 30th NCAA appearance overall. Leading the way for the Huskies this season are captains Kwame Watson-Siriboe and Josh Ford.

The Huskies are ranked No. 15 in the Soccer Times Preseason Poll to begin the 2009 season. The NSCAA/adidas Preseason Poll has the Huskies at No. 12, while College Soccer News has UConn beginning the season ranked No. 20. Soccer America, whose poll came out last week, ranks the Huskies as the 13th team in the nation.