STORRS, Conn. (October 5, 2006) - After earning its fifth win in six games, the No. 22 (College Soccer News) University of Connecticut men’s soccer team welcomes BIG EAST foe Seton Hall to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. match Saturday. The Pirates are 7-4-0 overall with a 5-2-0 BIG EAST mark, holding onto a three-way tie for third place in the conference’s Blue Division with 15 points.
UConn is now 7-3-2 overall and 5-1-1 in the BIG EAST after picking up a 1-0 win over division-rival Providence Tuesday. The win was its fifth in the last six games and enough to propel the team back atop the Blue Division in a tie with West Virginia with 16 points.
The Huskies are currently being led on the attack by a pair of sophomores in O’Brian White (Scarborough, Ontario) with six goals and four assists and transfer Akeem Priestley (Kingston, Jamaica), who has tallied three goals and four assists. UConn's defensive unit and goalkeeper Matt Sangeloty (Farmington, Conn.) earned the teams’ first three shutouts of the year in three straight games against St. John’s, Syracuse and Sacred Heart before adding a fourth vs. Providence (Oct. 3) ... they have given up more than one goal on just two occasions this season, against West Virginia (Sept. 30) and Saint Louis (Sept. 3).
John Raus and Eliseo Giusfredi lead the Pirates with six goals apiece, adding five and two assists, respectively, to their point totals. In goal, Seton Hall has split time between two keepers in Ian Joyce and Paul McHenry, with Joyce getting eight starts and McHenry making four. Joyce, who has started each of the last two games, comes into Storrs with 39 saves and a 1.55 GAA after allowing 13 tallies, while his fellow keeper has let in four for a 0.98 GAA and has saved 15.
Saturday’s game against the Pirates will be broadcasted by WHUS (91.7 FM, whus.org) with John Tuite calling the action with live game statistics available on Gametracker, linked from UConnHuskies.com.