The University of Connecticut men’s soccer team (3-5-2, 1-1-1 American) returns to Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on Saturday night for a showdown with conference newcomer Tulsa (6-4-1, 2-1 American). The match, which kicks off at 7 p.m., will be broadcasted live by NSCAATV.com as the NSCAA College Soccer Special Men’s Soccer Game of the Week.
Saturday’s contest will be the third meeting between the Huskies and Golden Hurricane and the first one since 2011 when UConn defeated Tulsa, 1-0, on the road. Connecticut is 1-0-1 all-time against the former Conference USA member in a series that dates back to 2008.
Last Time Out
The Huskies earned a 0-0 draw on the road against Cincinnati on Wednesday despite outshooting the Bearcats, 17-5, for the match. Redshirt freshman Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) tallied his second straight shutout for UConn, which has three clean sheets on the year.
Redshirt junior forward Tyler Leeman (Oakdale, Conn.), who led Connecticut with three shots on goal, appeared to tally the game-winner in overtime, but he was called offside. With the draw, UConn moved to 2-2-2 all-time against the Bearcats.
Scouting The Golden Hurricane
Tulsa comes into Saturday’s match with wins against two ranked opponents (No. 3 Virginia, No. 16 USF) and a draw against No. 2 Creighton on Sept. 13. The Golden Hurricane fought back to defeat the Bulls, 4-3, on Wednesday, scoring three straight goals in less than four minutes in the second half.
Four players tallied goals in the win over South Florida, including midfielder Ray Saari, who leads Tulsa with 11 points on five goals and one assist. Four Tulsa players have notched at least nine points this year, and Saari and midfielder Cameron Drackett are tied for first among American Athletic Conference players with two game-winning goals each.
Conference Home Cooking… UConn has lost just two games at home in conference play since the start of the 2007 season. The 2006 season marked the last time the Huskies lost two conference games at home in one season, as Connecticut fell to former Big East rivals Notre Dame and West Virginia at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium that year.
Defense Hitting Its Stride… After allowing 13 goals in its first seven matches, the UConn defense has come together, stringing consecutive shutouts together for the first time this season. The Huskies, who have surrendered just one goal in the last 343 minutes, tallied 12 shutouts in 2013.
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