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STORRS, Conn. – The UConn men’s soccer team begins a three-game road stretch on Saturday when it takes on Cincinnati in American Athletic Conference play. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. (ET) at Gettler Stadium.
Coming off a narrow 3-2 loss to No. 1/3 Maryland on Monday night, the Huskies (5-3-2, 2-0-0 American) have won three of their last four games – including their sole road contest of the season against Temple on Sept. 23.
UConn has gotten off to a quick start in league play with wins over Temple and Tulsa, and now a key stretch of three league games in the next four – beginning with Cincinnati – will be crucial for placement in the AAC Tournament.
To follow the action on Saturday, fans can follow Sidearm Stats or watch a free live stream on Bearcats TV. John Tuite will have the call on 91.7 FM, WHUS.org, while updates will be provided on @UConnMSOC on Twitter.
Freshmen Blaise N’Gague and Nicolas Apostol each scored their first-career goals against the Terps on Monday – N’Gague in the 34th on a penalty kick and Apostol in the 88th. Junior captain Abdou Mbacke Thiam leads the team with six goals this season.
The Huskies lead the all-time series with the Bearcats, 3-2-3, which dates back to 1999. UConn beat Cincinnati last season at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium, 5-0, with four different players scoring in the matchup.
SCOUTING THE BEARCATS
Cincinnati (5-4-1, 0-2-0 American) enters Saturday having lost two of its last three games, both coming in conference play to Memphis and USF. David Sanz is the team’s leading scorer with five goals and five assists (15) and is one of four players to score this season for the Bearcats. Cincinnati went 9-7-1 in 2016, finishing a program-best fourth place in the American.
Since joining the American in 2013, the Huskies are 18-7-8 in regular-season conference matches – including the 2-0-0 start in 2017. UConn is currently tied for first place with USF at six points after shutouts against Temple and Tulsa. The best finish for the Huskies in American play was 6-1-1 in 2014.
DOWN TO THE WIRE
Facing a two-goal deficit late against No. 1/3 Maryland, the Huskies fought back with a goal in the 88th minute from Apostol off a defensive miscue by the Terps. UConn had a couple chances in the final minutes, including a corner kick, but were unable to get the equalizer in front of a crowd of 4,160 fans. N’Gague converted a penalty kick in the 34th minute, tying the game, 1-1, at halftime.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
UConn began its season playing nine of its first 10 games at Morrone Stadium, but following the Maryland game on Monday night, the Huskies will play three road games over the next 15 days against Cincinnati, USF and Boston College. It will be the longest road stretch of the season for UConn, as five of its final eight matches in the regular season will be on opposing fields.