Oct. 5, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The No. 24 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team returns home to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium for the first time in two weeks to take on conference rival UCF at 7:00 p.m. tonight. The game can be heard live at WHUS.org, 91.7 fm.
The Huskies (3-2-3, 0-0-2 The American) are coming off a 1-1 draw against Temple in their second American Athletic Conference match of the season. Nicholas Zuniga buried his first goal of the season in the match, scoring from 16 yards out, but Temple was able to find the back of the net in the 79th minute as the two teams had to settle for a draw.
UConn is 4-0-0 all-time against the Knights, and is looking to find some offensive success in front of the home crowd. Connecticut is out-shooting opponents 118-47 but holds just a 6-5 lead in goals scored. Cyle Larin leads all UConn players with five points, having scored a team-high two goals in 2013. Zuniga’s score against Temple was just the second Husky goal to come in the second half of a match this season.
Husky Goalkeeper Andre Blake has been excellent again in his junior campaign. The five goals allowed by the Connecticut defense is the lowest in the conference and Blake has needed just nine saves to keep opposing offenses at bay. Blake will be looking for his 30th career shutout and 40th career win tonight.
The Knights are 1-1-0 in The American, having earned their first victory against Cincinnati last week. Midfielder Omar Vallejo, who tallied a goal and an assist in the UCF win, was named to the American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll. UCF dropped its only other conference game against No. 11 Louisville on September 21st.