The University of Connecticut men’s soccer team (1-2) continues its road schedule this weekend with matches against No. 10 Washington (Friday) and Seattle University (Sunday). Both games will be broadcasted live, as the match against the West Coast Huskies, set for 10:30 p.m. ET, will be shown on the Pac-12 Network, while Sunday’s game (4 p.m. ET) is the NSCAA TV Game of the Week.
Washington is the only Pac-12 school with a winning record (3-2-1) against UConn (RV), and the match on Sunday will be the first ever meeting between Connecticut and the Redhawks.
Last Time Out
UConn fell to Wake Forest, 2-1, in the team’s road opener last Friday at Spry Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C. Sophomore forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) once again opened the scoring for the Huskies early in the match, finding the back of the net following a great through ball from forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.). All three of his goals have come in the first eight minutes in the Huskies’ three matches this season.
The Demon Deacons would even the match off a free kick in the 35th minute before scoring the game-winner less than three minutes into the first overtime period. The Huskies were outshot, 17-12, in the match and each team finished with three corner kicks and six saves.
The Huskies, who enter Friday’s match with a 2-1 overall record this season, lost their previous match against Saint Mary’s, 2-1, in overtime despite outshooting the Gaels, 33-8. Forward Darwin Jones leads Washington with eight points on three goals and two assists, and the Huskies’ 3.0 goals per game ranks sixth among Division I schools.
The Redhawks cracked the NSCAA Top 25 Poll earlier this month after starting the season 2-0, but a 4-1 loss to Washington dropped them out of the national rankings. Seattle’s 7.33 saves per game is the second-best mark in Division I, and the Redhawks (2-1) are led by forward Brady Ballew and midfielder Jeff Rose, who have both netted two goals each.
Conference Honors… Larin was named to the American Athletic Conference Honor Roll on Monday for the second straight week after finishing last week with two goals. The 2014 MAC Hermann Watch List honoree leads the Huskies this year with six points on three goals, and he has scored six goals in Connecticut’s last six games, dating back to last season.
Bouncing Back Under Reid… UConn has lost back-to-back games just 14 times under head coach Ray Reid, who is in his 18th season with the program. Connecticut has lost three games in a row under Reid just twice.
400 Wins Watch… With Connecticut’s win over Stony Brook earlier this month, Reid (395-99-61) 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.