The UConn men’s soccer team looks for its second conference victory of the season on Wednesday when it travels to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats in a match set for 7 p.m. The game, which can be seen live HERE, will be just the sixth all-time meeting between the programs in a series that dates back to 1999.
The Huskies sport a 2-2-1 record against the Bearcats, and last season Connecticut defeated Cincinnati, 1-0, behind UConn forward Allando Matheson’s (North York, Ontario) game-winner in the first overtime period.
Last Time Out
Connecticut freshman defender Dylan Greenberg (Dix Hills, N.Y.) tallied his first collegiate goal in the 20th minute, as the Huskies (3-5-1) downed Memphis, 1-0, on Saturday to even their conference record at 1-1.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) earned a shutout in his first ever start for UConn, finishing the match with four saves. With the win, Connecticut improved to a perfect 2-0 against the Tigers.
Scouting The Bearcats
Cincinnati comes into Wednesday’s match in search of its first conference win of the season after dropping road games to Temple (Sept. 27) and Tulsa (Oct. 4). Bearcats junior forward John Manga is sixth in the nation in total goals (8) and 14th in total points (16). The Cincinnati standout, who leads all American Athletic Conference players in those statistical categories, was named to the conference Honor Roll on Monday after his two-goal performance against Tulsa.
Goalkeeper Alex Gill has started all 10 games in net for the Bearcats, who are 2-0-1 at this season. His 4.70 saves per game ranks second in the conference, while his .746 save percentage is the third-best mark among American keepers. Quick Kicks
In Search Of A Streak… UConn has a chance to register its first winning streak of the season with a victory against the Bearcats. The Huskies won back-to-back conference games twice last year in the program’s first ever year in the American Athletic Conference.
400 Wins Watch… With Connecticut’s win over the Tigers last weekend, head coach Ray Reid (397-102-62) is now just three wins away from 400. Reid, who coached eight years at Southern Connecticut before coming to UConn in 1997, ranks second in winning percentage (.763) among active Division I coaches.