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Connecticut Soccer Coming Down The Stretch

Oct. 12, 2012

STORRS, Conn. - With the UConn men's soccer team off until Wednesday, October 17, it's time to recap the opening two months of the season. The Huskies started the year ranked No. 4 by the NSCAA and No. 1 by Soccer America. Heading into the next game against Seton Hall, UConn sits at No. 6 in both polls.

UConn has suffered just one defeat all year and owns a record of 11-1-1, outscoring teams 27-7. The Huskies are currently 3-1 in the BIG EAST Conference, sitting in second place in the Blue Division.

Connecticut has downed four top-25 programs: No. 21 Washington live on Fox Soccer Channel, No. 13 St. John's, No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 3 Georgetown. The lone defeat of 2012 came at the hands of No. 9 Marquette, 3-2, in Milwaukee, Wis.

Up front, the Huskies have been led by junior preseason All-American Mamadou Doudou Diouf with nine goals and one assist for 19 points. The nine goals lead the BIG EAST Conference.

Senior captain and All-American midfielder Carlos Alvarez has set the tempo throughout the year and once again ranks among the assist leaders in the BIG EAST Conference. Alvarez has tallied five goals and six assists for 16 points. The 2009 Rookie of the Year led the BIG EAST in 2009 and 2010 before ranking second in the league as a junior in 2011.

Defensively, the Huskies have allowed just seven goals and are holding opponents to 0.54 goals per game to lead the BIG EAST Conference. The defense is always a focal point under Head Coach Ray Reid, but the back line has contributed to the offense in 2012 as well.

Max Wasserman ranks fourth on the team with eight points on two goals and four assists. He blasted the game-winning free kick to down Washington on Fox Soccer Channel on September 7. Flo Liu notched the game-winning goal against Notre Dame and has added an assist for three points.



Center backs Michael Mercado, Sergio Campbell and Jossimar Sanchez have been pillar of consistency, limiting opponents to just nine shots per game.

Sophomore All-American Andre Blake has ranked at the top of the nation all year in save percentage and goals against average. Blake recently dropped from the top spot after allowing three goals at Marquette but still owns a miniscule 0.53 goals against average and a .860 save percentage.