STORRS, CT (October 4) Steve Sealy (St. James, Trinidad) scored the game-winner with just under two-minutes remaining in regulation to lift the University of Connecticut mens soccer team to 2-1 victory over BIG EAST opponent Villanova on Saturday evening at Morrone Stadium in Storrs. The Huskies improved their record to 4-4-2 overall, 2-1-2 in the BIG EAST, while the Wildcats fell to 6-5-1 overall, 1-4-0 in the league.
UConn got on the board at the 5:22 mark with a little bit of déjà vu. After Sealy was fouled just outside the goal box, UConn was awarded a free kick. Sealy ran over the ball and pushed it towards teammate Andres Rota (Kingswood, TX) who fired a shot around the Villanova wall and into the back of the net past a diving Craig Bald, giving the Huskies a 1-0 advantage. Previously, the Huskies set-up the same play in a 2-1 win over Indiana on September 6 for the game-winner. However, the Wildcats hung tough and tied the score up at 39:29 mark. Colin Raws struck a free shot into the goal box and found teammate Chris Edgar who headed the ball past a screened Adam Schuerman (Brookfield, WI), knotting the contest up at one score a piece.
In the second half, it looked like another overtime would be forced for the Huskies. But then, Cesar Cuellar (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) found a cutting Sealy in the offensive box, who in turn took the shot for the game-winning tally with 1:43 left on the clock.
Schuerman returned in goal after missing two starts in net with a sprained ankle sustained at the start of the West Virginia game on September 27. He made four saves in tonights game, while Bald stopped two shots on goal for the Wildcats. In a close game, UConn narrowly out shot Villanova, 14-12.
The Huskies will take on Virginia Tech on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 pm in Blacksburg, VA.