STORRS, Conn. (September 7, 2008) - The No. 3 University of Connecticut men's soccer team battled Boston University to a 0-0 tie in double overtime on Sunday night at the Joseph J. Morrone Stadium.
The 2-0-2 Huskies entered the non-conference game after receiving an extra night's rest, as the game against the Terriers was originally scheduled for Saturday night and was pushed back a day due to inclement weather.
UConn picked up its third shut out of the season as goalkeeper Josh Ford (Liverpool, N.Y.) made five saves in goal. Ford currently holds a 0.22 goals against average for the Huskies as he has made 12 saves for a .923 save percentage. The Huskies have begun the 2008 season by allowing just one goal in four games played.
Boston University moves to 0-2-1 on the season after facing off against three ranked opponents in its opening games of the 2008 season.
After 45 minutes of scoreless play, both teams entered the locker room at halftime with the Huskies holding a 9-2 shot advantage. The Huskies had a few scoring opportunities in the first half as Cruz Hernandez (El Monte, Calif.) had a breakaway down the field in the 33rd minute of play but was unable to connect for a goal as the Terrier defense made a solid stop in the box.
The Huskies looked as if they were going to take the lead in the 50th minute of play as senior Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.) kicked a line drive shot towards the lower left corner of the net which ended up being blocked by a Boston University defender. Akeem Priestley (Kingston, Jamaica) also put in a close shot on goal but Terrier goalkeeper Hrafn Davidsson made a diving save to keep the score knotted at zero.
UConn had to play a man down when Toni Stahl (Tuusula, Finland) was given a red card at 75:22 in the game. Despite the man down situation, the Huskies were able to force the game into overtime and played a highly competitive and fast paced game, tiring the Terriers offensively and defensively.
The game was forced into double overtime after 100 scoreless minutes and the Huskies continued to be aggressive with the ball, attacking the Terrier back field and pushing the tempo of the game despite still being out numbered. Boston University had their chance to win the game, as Paul King was able to head the ball in the direction of the goal but missed the net by less than a foot to keep the Huskies' hopes alive.
Boston University's Ben Berube finished with a game-high six shots while UConn's Priestley and Shawn Nicklaw (San Diego, Calif.) had three. Davidsson finished the 110 minutes with four saves.
UConn will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 13 as the Huskies travel to St. Louis to battle the non-conference Billikens at 7:00 p.m. in Hermann Stadium.