STORRS, Conn. (October 1, 2005) - Stanley Ford (Liverpool N.Y.) and OBrian White (Scarborough, Ontario, Canada) each scored two goals to help propel the No. 13-ranked University of Connecticut mens soccer team to a 6-0 win over BIG EAST foe Marquette in front of 3,041 fans Saturday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Three of the pairs four goals came in the first 20 minutes of action en route to UConn (7-2-1, 2-2-1) claiming its widest margin of victory since Sept. 13, 1995, when it defeated Iona by a score of 8-1.
Chukwudi Chijindu (Fontana, Calif.) and Stephen Cenatiempo (Norwalk, Conn.) each added a goal, while seven different players tallied assists for the Huskies, who have now won three consecutive games. The Husky defense, anchored by Willis Forko (Houston, Texas), Julius James (Maloney Gardens, Trinidad) and Karl Schilling (Canton, Conn.) limited the Golden Eagles to just three shots on the day, while helping keeper Adam Schuerman (Brookfield, Wis.) to his 31st shutout as a starting keeper and the teams seventh of the year.
Ford started things off for the Huskies late in the 12th minute. With Marquettes (4-4-1, 1-3-1) goalkeeper, Steven Grow, running for the loose ball high in the penalty box, Ford rushed the goal, beating Grow to the play and punching the ball into the net from nearly 15 yards out.
UConns attack continued to push forward and White found the back of the net twice in the ensuing five minutes of play. His first tally of the night came when Ford passed the ball inside to Moshe Shalchon (Rishon Lezioh, Israel), who fired the ball to White so he could tuck the ball in the net within an arms length from Marquettes keeper, Grow. The barrage continued when Dori Arad (Hahotrim, Israel) and Willis Forko (Houston, Texas) worked the ball inside to White again, who beat a scramble in the box to score goal number two of the evening at the 17:12 mark.
Play settled for much of the remaining minutes of the half, until Chijindu decided to get in on the action by sending a header into the back of the net mid-way through the 42nd minute of play. Forko played the ball to Cenatiempo, who sent the ball over to Chijindu. The sophomore forwards header ricocheted off Marquettes struggling goalkeeper and into the goal to put the Huskies on top 4-0 heading into halftime.
The first 15 minutes of play in the second period were uneventful, with UConn getting just one shot off and both teams taking a corner kick that failed to amount to a score. Ford got the team going yet again, however, as he scored his career high-tying second goal in the 63rd minute. Shalchon earned his second assist of the night when he fed the ball inside to Ford, who brought the ball farther inside and sent a rocket passed Marquettes keeper Andy Kroll, who replaced Grow following the half.
Marquette came through with two shots in the second half between the Huskies goals, the first coming from Erik Ruiz in the 74th minute, which went sailing just inches over the crossbarn. Pat Knoelke tallied the lone shot on goal of the period, sending the ball straight into the arms of Schuerman late in the 76th minute for one of the UConn goalies two saves of the night.
It was all Huskies from there on out. Twenty-four players saw action for UConn, including Brett Pollack (New Rochelle, N.Y.) who saw 7:37 of action in the net in his second consecutive appearance of his career. Joe Boa (Brookfield, Conn.), Abe Chehebar (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.) and Josh Waller (Canterbury, Conn.) each saw their first career minutes of playing time in a Husky uniform.
It proved to be a night of firsts down the stretch, as Cenatiempo, who tallied his first career assist earlier in the night, netted his first career goal with just over two minutes to play. Pat Halligan (Falmouth, Maine) earned his first-ever assist when he crossed the ball in the box over to Cenatiempo, who shot it into the far left side of the goal to account for the final 6-0 win by the Huskies.
UConn returns to action Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. against Providence at Morrone Stadium. The Friars, who went 0-16 last season, are undefeated through the first nine games of the season, coming into Wednesdays match with a record of 4-0-5.
Goals by period 1 2 Tot
Marquette 0 0 0
UConn 4 2 6
1 11:41 UC FORD, Stanley (1) (unassisted)
2 14:01 UC OBrian White (Stanley Ford, Moshe Shalchon)
3 17:12 UC OBrian White (Dori Arad, Willis Forko)
4 41:39 UC Chukwudi Chijindu (Stephen Cenatiempo, Mpho Moloi)
5 62:29 UC Stanley Ford (Moshe Shalchon)
6 82:57 UC Stephen Cenatiempo (Pat Halligan)
Shots: Marquette 3, UConn 14
Saves: Marquette 4 (Andy Kroll 1; Steven Grow 3), UConn 2 (Adam Schuerman 2)