The No. 21 UConn men’s soccer team opens its road schedule on Friday night against Wake Forest (RV) at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. The match, set for 7 p.m., will be the sixth meeting all-time between the schools in a series that dates back to 1991. The Huskies are 0-4-1 against the Demon Deacons, and Connecticut went 2-2-5 on the road last season.
Last Time Out
UConn (1-1) defeated Stony Brook, 3-0, on Monday behind goals from forwards Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) and Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) and freshman midfielder Cheikh Stephane Coly (Dakar, Senegal). Larin netted his second goal of the season off a cross from sophomore midfielder Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Ontario) in the 7th minute, while Coly tallied his first collegiate points just before the half, scoring off a rebound in the box following a Connecticut corner kick.
Vanacore-Decker’s first goal of the season sealed the match for the Huskies in the 76th minute, as the UConn forward received a great through ball from junior forward Nicholas Zuniga (Norwalk, Conn.) and chipped the ball past the Stony Brook keeper. Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jacob Wagmeister (River Edge, N.J.) earned his third career shutout for the Huskies, who outshot the Seawolves 14-11 in the match.
Scouting The Demon Deacons
Wake Forest began the season ranked No. 11 in the NSCAA/Continental Tires Preseason Poll, but losses to No. 4 UCLA (3-1) and No. 7 California (4-1) dropped the Demon Deacons out of the Top 25 in this week’s poll, released on Tuesday. Forward Hank Gauger and midfielder Ian Harkes are the only two Wake Forest players to tally goals in 2014 for the Deacs, who were picked to finish second in the Atlantic Division of the ACC in a preseason poll released last month.
Offense Gelling… The Huskies have netted an impressive five goals through two games of their 2014 campaign. Last year, UConn didn’t score its fifth goal until the Huskies’ seventh game of the season against South Florida. Larin leads all scorers with two goals, and the Connecticut striker has now scored five goals in his last five matches dating back to 2013.
Conference Honors… Larin was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday after tallying a goal in Connecticut’s 3-2 loss to No. 17 Coastal Carolina last Friday. The 2014 MAC Hermann Watch List honoree led the Huskies with 31 points on 14 goals and three assists last year as a freshman.
400 Wins Watch… With Connecticut’s win over Stony Brook on Monday, men’s soccer Coach Ray Reid (395-98-61) is now just five wins away from 400. Reid, who coached eight years at Southern Connecticut before coming to UConn in 1997, is second in winning percentage (.768) among active Division I coaches.