The UConn men's soccer team returns to Joseph J. Morrone stadium Friday to face Iona University in a match set for 7 p.m. The contest will be the first home game for the Huskies since Sept. 1 when Connecticut (2-3) downed Stony Brook, 3-0, to earn its first victory of the season. UConn sports a 2-0-1 all-time record against the Gaels, who lost to Connecticut, 1-0, in a preseason match last year.
Last Time Out
The Huskies defeated Seattle University, 3-1, on Sunday, as they finished their west coast trip with a victory. Connecticut, which fell to No. 10 Washington, 3-1, last Friday, bounced back against the Redhawks behind goals from sophomores Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) and Jakob Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and senior midfielder Adria Beso Marco (Lleida, Spain), who scored his first goal in 35 games on a penalty kick.
Scouting The Gaels
Iona, which enters Friday's match with a 2-3-1 record, moved past Fairleigh Dickinson, 2-0, on the road Monday night. Midfielder Ignacio Maganto scored his team-leading third goal in the victory, while the Gael defense didn't allow a shot on goal throughout the match.
Friday's match will be the seventh-straight away game for the Gaels, who don't play their home-opener until Sept. 27. Igancio's 24 shots in 2014 lead all Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference players for an Iona team that has averaged 10.7 shots a game and given up 15.2 shots a contest this season.
Back Home Again... The 18 days between Friday's match and Connecticut's last home contest this year marks the longest time between regular season home matches for the Huskies since 2011. UConn played four teams in between home games that year, and last season the longest break between games at Morrone Stadium was 14 days.
Super Sophomores... Connecticut's sophomores have combined for seven of UConn's 10 goals this year and 20 of the team's 29 points. Forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) leads all Huskies with 10 points on four goals and two assists, while Vanacore-Decker is second on the team goals (2) and tied for first in assists (2).
400 Wins Watch... With UConn's win over Seattle on Sunday, head coach Ray Reid (396-100-61) is now just four wins away from 400. Reid, who coached eight years at Southern Connecticut before coming to UConn in 1997, is second in winning percentage (.766) among active Division I coaches.