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The UConn men’s soccer team continues conference play on Saturday on the road against Memphis (5-2-2). Kickoff at Mike Rose Stadium is set for 8 p.m. ET and the match can be seen live HERE. The Huskies are 1-0 all-time against the Memphis, defeating the Tigers, 3-0, last season behind two goals from forward Allando Matheson (North York, Ontario). The three goals in the match marked a season-high for the Huskies in conference play in 2013, and this season Connecticut has gone 1-3-0 on the road.
Last Time Out
Connecticut (2-5-1) dropped its conference opener to South Florida, 1-0, in overtime at home last 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.
The Huskies failed to score a goal in a match for the first time all year, and the result marked Connecticut’s first loss in a conference opener since 2005. UConn’s match against Providence, which was set for Wednesday, Oct. 1, was postponed due to inclement weather in the Storrs area.
Scouting The Tigers
Memphis enters Saturday’s match having received votes in the latest NSCAA/Continental Tires Poll, which was released on Tuesday. The Tigers are unbeaten in their last three matches, tallying wins against Central Arkansas (Sept. 30) and Belmont (Sept. 21), and earning a draw in their conference opener against Central Florida (Sept. 27).
Freshman forward Hector Cantele leads Memphis with eight points on four goals, while Raul Gonzalez, Fakhry Khulfan and Hayden Cochran have all tallied multiple goals on the year. The Tigers’ 45 points and 16 total goals both rank first among American Athletic schools, and Memphis goalkeeper Cody Uzcategui’s 0.96 goals against average is good for the second-best mark in the conference.
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.
Overtime Blues... Memphis and UConn have combined to win just one match in overtime in six tries this season. The Tigers defeated SIUE, 2-1, extra time on Sept. 3, and earned overtime draws against Missouri State (Sept. 14) and UCF (Sept. 27), while the Huskies have suffered overtime losses to both Wake Forest (Sept. 5) and USF (Sept. 27). Connecticut tallied a 1-1 draw in overtime against Iona on Sept. 19.