UConn and Georgetown sit at the top of the BIG EAST Blue Division with identical 3-1 conference records.
Oct. 2, 2009
Game No. 9 vs. Georgetown University
Date: Saturday, October 3, 2009
Time: 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Stadium: Morrone Stadium Location: Storrs, Conn.
Series Record: UConn leads series 12-8-2
Last Meeting: Oct. 11, 2008 - T, 0-0 (2OT)
Radio: 91.7 WHUS and WHUS.org
Live Stats: UConnHuskies.com
Live Video: Huskies All-Access at UConnHuskies.com
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The University of Connecticut men's soccer team returned home after four away games and shutout two BIG EAST opponents by picking up a 2-0 vicory over Syracuse before downing then-No.18 St. John's 1-0 in front of a sold out crowd at Morrone Stadium.
UConn continues its four-game home stand with the Huskies' third consecutive game at Morrone Stadium with a Saturday night battle against Georgetown. The league contest is set to begin at 7:00 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Huskies dominated both St. John's and Syracuse at Morrone Stadium as Josh Ford picked up his fourth and fifth shutouts of the season in 1-0 and 2-0 victories. Ford made six saves over the weekend as the Huskies outshot their opponents 26-7.
In the Huskies' 1-0 win over the Red Storm, Kwame Watson-Siriboe scored his second goal of the year with a header into the back of the net as he connected on a rebound off a save by St. John's. Cruz Hernandez scored his first goal of the year and second of his career with the game-winning goal on Sunday night in the Huskies' 2-0 victory over Syracuse. Sophomore Tony Cascio also scored for UConn, registering his second of the season as he positioned himself perfectly for a rebound off of a Syracuse save to net his fourth career goal.
ABOUT THE 2009 HUSKIES
UConn is led this season by three players with two goals a piece, including newcomer Alan Ponce, who posted the Huskies' first goal of the year against St. Peter's on Sept. 2. Ponce, along with senior Kwame Watson-Siriboe and sophomore Tony Cascio, each have two goals, while Ponce and Cascio lead the team with two assists for six points.
Josh Ford has allowed six goals this season but has made 26 stops in goal for the Huskies. He also has posted five shutouts.
MATCHING UP WITH THE HOYAS
The Huskies are 12-8-2 against Georgetown dating back to Oct. 14, 1990, a game in which UConn lost on the road to the Hoyas 2-1. The Huskies have not lost to the Hoyas since 2001, while they are 6-0-1 in the last seven years. The Huskies are 9-1-1 at home against the Hoyas.
The Hoyas are 6-2-1 overall and 3-1 in the BIG EAST after three straight league victories over Rutgers, Villanova and Syracuse. Since the Hoyas' 2-0 loss to St. John's, Georgetown has outscored opponents 5-0.
Seth C'deBaca leads the Hoyas with nine points on three goals and three assists in nine games, while Jose Colchao has seven points on two goals and three assists. C'deBaca has also recorded a team-high 26 shots this season, while registering one game-winning goal.
Time in goal has been split this season between juniors Mark Wilber and Matthew Brutto as Wilber is 3-0- with four shutouts and Brutto is 2-2-1 with three shutouts. Wilber has not allowed goal this year and has 15 saves, while Brutto has made 23 stops in goal.
Head coach Brian Wiese is in his fourth season at the helm of the Georgetown program. He led the Hoyas to an 11-5-3 record in 2008, while the Hoyas spent seven weeks ranked in the national polls for the first time since the 2000 season.
WATSON-SIRIBOE TAGGED WITH WEEKLY HONORS
Senior captain Kwame Watson-Siriboe earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after helping Connecticut grab its fourth and fifth shutouts of the season last weekend, both offensively and defensively.
Watson-Siriboe and the Huskies held its opposition to just six shots on goal, while the senior defender scored the lone goal in UConn's win over then-No. 18/22 St. John's and held the Red Storm to three shots on goal on Sept. 25. Two days later, the Huskies shut down the Syracuse Orange offense, also holding them to three shots on goal. For his efforts, he also earned a spot on the Soccer America Men's Team of the Week.
IN THE RANKINGS
After spending a week out of the national polls, UConn used two BIG EAST victories to earn a spot back in the top-25 in the Soccer America Poll as UConn earned the No. 22 spot. In the other three polls, the NSCAA/adidas, College Soccer News and Soccer Times, the Huskies received votes.
BIG EAST HONORS
Mike Seamon earned BIG EAST Offensive Player of the Week honors after scoring two goals and adding two assists in Villanova's 4-1 win over Seton Hall on Sept. 27. UConn's own Kwame Watson-Siriboe was named Defensive Player of the week after scoring the Huskies' game-winning goal and shutting out both St. John's and Syracuse in conference play.
Abel Sebele earned Rookie of the Week honors after notching four points for the West Virginia offense. Georgetown's Mark Wilber was tagged as Goalkeeper of the Week after he had a strong week in net for the Hoyas, posting two home shutouts.
The redshirt-sophomore earned a 1-0 win over Villanova on Sept. 25 and a 2-0 victory over Rutgers two days later. Wilber made seven stops in goal against the Wildcats and added two more versus Rutgers.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Huskies are 446-176-47 all-time when playing at home.
The Huskies will complete their four-game home stand with a Tuesday night game against BIG EAST rival Providence at 7:00 p.m. on Oct. 6 at Morrone Stadium. The week night game will be taped by Cox Sports Television and aired on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8:00 p.m. The Tuesday night contest is Student Appreciation Night as the first 100 students will receive free pizza.