Oct. 14, 2009
BACK IN UCONN TERRITORY
The Huskies return to Storrs, Conn. to host sixth-ranked Harvard in non-conference action at Morrone Stadium. UConn has gone 4-0-1 in the past five games to improve to 6-2-3 on the year and 5-1-1 in the BIG EAST.
The Huskies battled to their first BIG EAST Conference tie in double overtime at West Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 10. The game was to be played on Friday night, Oct. 9 live on FOX Soccer Channel but due to heavy rain the game was postponed to Saturday afternoon.
LAST TIME OUT
UConn battled the West Virginia Mountaineers to a 0-0 double overtime tie in BIG EAST play in Morgantown, W. Va. The Huskies outshot the Mountaineers 13-8 on the afternoon, while Josh Ford made four stops in net in 110 minutes played.
HOW THEY MATCH-UP
The Huskies are 13-8-5 against Harvard dating back to the 1946 season. The Huskies have won the last two contests against the Crimson, including a 5-3 victory in their last meeting on Sept. 21, 1994.
At home against the Crimson, UConn is 7-3-4 all-time, while winning the last three games against Harvard that were played in Storrs, Conn.
UConn sophomore Tony Cascio is leading the Huskies in 2009 with a five goals and four assists for a team-best 14 points. The midfielder has taken 22 shots, including 10 on goal, and has registered one game-winner.
Josh Ford has been the Huskies lone goalkeeper in his last 57 consecutive career games as the redshirt junior has made 34 saves, while recording eight shutouts in 2009. With a 0.51 goals against average, Ford has allowed just six goals all year and has a .850 save percentage.
SHUTTING DOWN THE OPPOSITION
FINDING THEIR OFFENSE
UConn has not allowed a goal in 470 minutes of play, while the Huskies have not only out scored teams 8-0 in the last five games but have picked up 27 points to their opponent's zero.
On the year, UConn has scored 13 goals, 10 less than what the team tallied in the entire 2008 (22-game) season. Tony Cascio
has a team-best five goals on the season after scoring two in the 4-0 win over Providence. Cascio and freshman Carlos Alvarez
also lead the Huskies with four assists each as the program has tallied 17 on the year.
The Crimson enter tonight's game 8-1-1 on the year after battling Ivy League foe Cornell to a 1-1 double overtime tie on Saturday night. Austin Harms made three saves in net for the Mountaineers, while giving up one goal as Alex Chi scored the Crimson's lone goal off an Adam Rousmaniere pass.
Offensively, the Crimson have scored 20 goals on the season, while they are out-shooting opponents, 179-113, and winning the battle in corner kicks, 60-43. Harvard averages 17.9 shots and two goals per game. On the defensive end, Harvard has only allowed four goals all year and has held its opposition to 11.3 shots per contest.
Head coach Jamie Clark is in his first season at Harvard and is leading a young program as well as a young coaching staff as every coach under the 1999 Stanford graduate is in their first season with the Crimson.
IN THE RANKINGS
UConn used a huge BIG EAST victory against Providence and a hard fought tie last week to rise in this week's rankings. Soccer America Poll has the Huskies at the top of their game in the 10th spot, moving up three positions from last week. The NSCAA/adidas Poll has UConn at No. 17, while College Soccer News puts the Huskies at No. 23. Soccer Times also has the Huskies at the 17th spot, tied with Indiana in that spot.
Harvard and UConn enter tonight's contest ranked as the top-two teams in the Northeast Region by the NSCAA.
The first RPI of the season came out on Oct. 13 and shows the Huskies at No. 28, behind BIG EAST opponents DePaul (18) and Notre Dame (24).
RAKING IN THOSE WEEKLY HONORS
Josh Ford was named the BIG EAST Co-Goalkeeper of the Week after recording his fourth and fifth consecutive shutouts and eighth total of the season as the Huskies continued on a five-game unbeaten streak. Ford shares the conference title this week with West Virginia's Zach Johnson. Ford was also named ECAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performances against Providence and West Virginia.
BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors went to UConn's Carlos Alvarez who had a career week, recording his first collegiate goal, the first tally of the game in UConn's 4-0 win over Providence on Oct. 6. It was UConn's best offensive effort of the season and was Alvarez's first multi-point game of his career as he recorded one goal and two assists for four points on the night.
Tony Cascio was named to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Men's Soccer Team of the Week on Monday after a career game against Providence last week, one in which he registered six points on two goals and two assists. The sophomore was also named to the BIG EAST Weekly honor roll for his efforts.
HOME SWEET HOME
The Huskies are 448-176-47 all-time when playing at home. (There were no teams during the 1943-45 seasons and the 1941 and 1942 seasons did not have home/away records available)
UConn will host Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m. at Morrone Stadium as part of BIG EAST Conference play. Currently, Pittsburgh sits at the bottom of the BIG EAST Conference's Blue Division with an 0-6-1 conference record. The first 100 fans at Saturday night's contest will receive a free t-shirt, while after the game the men's soccer team will be giving autographs to the UConn faithful.