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STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men’s soccer team, ranked No. 4 in the NSCAA poll and No. 1 in the Soccer America rankings, will play host to No. 21 Washington at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 7 at Morrone Stadium. The game will be televised live on Fox Soccer Channel as the NSCAA Game of the Week.
Tickets are still available for Friday’s contest by calling 1-877-AT-UCONN or by visiting UConnhuskies.com and following the TICKETS tab at the top right corner of the page or by CLICKING HERE. Fans can also purchase tickets at the gate beginning an hour before the game.
The game can also be heard at WHUS.org, 91.7fm.
Connecticut comes into the game at 3-0-0 after the latest victory, a 1-0 result at Michigan State on Monday, September 3. Sophomore Allando Matheson scored the game-winning goal and now has two goals and an assist on the season to lead all Connecticut players with five points. Sophomore preseason All-American forward Mamadou Doudou Diouf has also tallied two goals this season. Diouf has been sensational in Storrs over the past two seasons. Since the start of 2011, Diouf has scored 14 goals in 16 games played at Morrone Stadium.
After three games, the Connecticut defense has picked up where it left off in 2011, allowing just one goal in three contests. Sophomore All-American Andre Blake has recorded two shutouts in the first three games and now has 17 clean sheets in 28 career starts.
Friday’s match will be the first contest against a team from the Pac-12 since UConn defeated then-No. 7 California in Storrs, 4-1, on September 4, 2011. In that game, Mamadou Diouf notched a hat trick, including the game-winning goal. Following the goal from Cal in that match, UConn began a program-record shutout streak that would span 11 games with 961:32 of scoreless soccer and lead to nine consecutive shutouts ending on October 12.
Washington owns a 3-0-1 record and has been ranked No. 21 in the latest NSCAA poll and No. 25 in the Soccer America rankings. The Huskies defeated Gonzaga, 2-1, in the season opener at home before blanking Cal Poly in Seattle, 2-0. UW traveled to Portland and defeated Wisconsin, 3-2, before earning a 0-0 tie with CSU Bakersfield on Sunday, September 2.
Washington senior midfielder Dylan Tucker-Gangnes leads the team with four goals while freshman James Moberg has tallied three assists. UW has been shutout just once, while blanking two opponents. Washington comes into the game averaging 1.75 goals per contest compared to just 0.75 allowed.