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The UConn men’s soccer team continues its non-conference schedule on Wednesday against former Big East rival Providence at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The match, set for 7 p.m., will be the 41st meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1973. Connecticut’s 32-6-2 all-time record against the Friars is the highest winning percentage (.825) against any opponent that the Huskies have played at least 30 times.
Last Time Out
Connecticut dropped its conference opener to South Florida, 1-0, in overtime at home Saturday night, losing consecutive games for the second time this season. The Bulls scored less than two minutes into the first extra period, as USF midfielder Edwin Moalosi gathered a rebound and scored the game-winner to lift South Florida over UConn, which failed to score a goal in a match for the first time all year. The result marked Connecticut’s first loss in a conference opener since 2005.
Scouting The Friars
Providence enters Wednesday’s match with an overall record of 5-2 in 2014 after defeating Northeastern, 3-1, on Sept. 20. Forward Markus Naglestad leads Providence with 11 points on five goals and one assists and his 1.57 points a game is the 22nd-best mark among Division I players.
The Friars lead all Big East schools in total goals (17) and points per game (6.71), and Providence is No. 9 in the nation in total offense (2.43 goals/game). Fabio Machado leads the team with four assists and is one of four players that have tallied at least two goals for Providence, which lost to Connecticut, 2-0, in the teams’ previous meeting in 2012.
Three’s No Company… The Huskies have lost three matches in a row just twice under 18-year head coach Ray Reid. The last time UConn recorded a three-game losing streak came in the 2006 season when Connecticut dropped its final three matches of the year.
400 Wins Watch… With UConn’s win over Seattle on Sept. 14, head coach Ray Reid (396-102-62) 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 (.763) among active Division I coaches.
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