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Huskies To Host No. 4 Syracuse On Tuesday

Cyle Larin notched his team-leading sixth goal of the season against Tulsa on Saturday.
Oct. 14, 2014

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The Opponent
Fresh off its 2-0 victory over Tulsa on Saturday, the UConn men's soccer team plays host to No. 4 Syracuse Tuesday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The match kicks off at 7 p.m. and it can be seen live HERE.

The Huskies (4-5-2, 2-1-1 American Athletic) are 22-11-3 all-time against the Orange (11-1-0, 4-1 ACC) in a series that dates back to 1982, and last season Syracuse was one of only three teams to beat Connecticut, earning a 1-0 victory. UConn is 2-2-1 at home this season and 0-3 against teams ranked in the 2014 NSCAA/Continental Tire Top 25 Poll.

Last Time Out
Connecticut sophomores, forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) and midfielder Kwame Awuah (Toronto, Ontario) both registered goals in the win over the Golden Hurricane for the Huskies, who are unbeaten in their last three matches. Awuah tallied the game-winner in the 38th minute with a beautiful strike from outside the box, while Larin put the match away in the 81st minute after his shot in the box deflected into the net off the back of a Tulsa defender.

Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) notched his third straight shutout for a Connecticut team that allowed just five shots for the second straight match. The Husky defense has given up just one goal in the last 426 minutes.


 

 

Scouting The Orange
Syracuse, which has won each of its five road games this season, brings one the country's best defenses to Storrs on Tuesday. The Orange rank No. 1 in the country in goals against average (0.25) and No. 2 in shutout percentage (0.75), and goalkeeper Alex Bono leads all Division I keepers with a .932 save percentage.

Sophomore forward Emil Ekblom leads Syracuse this year with 14 points on six goals and two assists, while senior defender Jordan Murrell has tallied a team-best six assists. Ekblom's five game-winning goals in 2014 are tied for the best mark among in the nation for the Orange, who haven't notched a victory at Morrone Stadium since the 2000 season.

Quick Kicks
Re(i)d October...
UConn men's soccer coach Ray Reid and the Huskies are unbeaten in their last 12 matches played in October dating back to the 2012 season. The Huskies have tallied eight wins and four draws during that stretch.
400 Wins Watch...
With Connecticut's win over the Golden Hurricane on Saturday, Reid (398-102-63) is now just two wins away from 400. The former Southern Connecticut head coach, who spent eight years in charge of the Owls before coming to UConn in 1997, ranks second in winning percentage (.763) among active Division I coaches.

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