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Huskies Renew Rivalry With Former Conference Foe St. John's On Tuesday

Ethan Vanacore-Decker is second on the team in points (6) and tied for first in assists (2) this season.
Sept. 23, 2014

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The Opponent
The UConn men's soccer team renews its rivalry with former Big East foe St. John's on Tuesday night at Belson Stadium in Queens, N.Y. The match, which will be broadcasted by ESPN3, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and marks the 34th all-time meeting between the two schools. The programs combined for 16 Big East Championships throughout their time together in the league, as the Red Storm won a conference-best nine titles, while Connecticut, which sports an even 13-14-6 all-time record against the St. John's, won seven.

Last Time Out
An equalizer by junior forward Nicholas Zuniga in the 77th minute paced UConn (2-3-1) to a 1-1 draw on Friday at home against Iona. The goal, set up by sophomore midfielder Kwame Awuah and freshman center back Elliott Ackroyd, was Zuniga's first of the season and the fifth career score for the striker. The Huskies outshot the Gaels, 19-16, for the match and held a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. With the draw, Connecticut moved to 1-1-1 at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium in 2014.

Scouting The Red Storm
St. John's, which enters Tuesday's match win a 1-3-3 overall record this season, earned a 1-1 draw against Wisconsin on Friday behind midfielder Mohamed Awad's first career goal in the 40th minute.  The Red Storm are unbeaten (1-0-2) in their last three games after starting the season 0-2, and five different players have notched a goal for St. John's.


 

 

Senior defender Tim Parker has tallied a team-high three points in 2014, while goalkeeper Jordan Stagmiller has made 28 saves this season and boasts a 1.17 goals against average. St. John's is 1-1-1 at home this year with its only loss coming to Syracuse on Sept. 6. The Huskies face the Orange later this season at home on Oct. 14.

Quick Kicks
Youth Movement...
Freshmen and sophomores have tallied 24 of UConn's 33 points this season and seven of the team's 11 goals. Forward Cyle Larin leads all scorers with 10 points on four goals and two assists, while forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker is second in points (6) and first in assists (2).
Conference Honors... Redshirt junior goalkeeper Jacob Wagmeister was named the American Athletic Conference Goalkeeper of the Week on Monday after tallying a career-high seven saves in Connecticut's draw with Iona. The UConn keeper has now made at least six saves in three matches this year for the Huskies, and his 5.17 saves per game ranks second in the conference. Zuniga and Ackroyd also earned a spot on the Honor Roll.
400 Wins Watch... With UConn's win over Seattle on Sept. 14, head coach Ray Reid (396-100-62) 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 (.765) among active Division I coaches.

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