Michael Mercado stepped into a starting role on defense last week.
Oct. 16, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's soccer team will host Seton Hall at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17th at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The Huskies are coming off a 2-0 victory against Iona on October 9th. UConn is ranked 4 in the NSCAA coaches poll and No. 5 in the lastest Soccer America national rankings. Connecticut has a record of 11-1-1 (3-1-0 BIG EAST) going into the match against Seton Hall.
Wednesday's match can be heard live at WHUS.org, 91.7 fm. There will also be a live webstream linked to UConnhuskies.com. The Huskies will be wearing pink wrist bands to support the breast cancer awareness.
Seton Hall is going into the game trying to break a two game losing streak with a record of 6-7 (2-2-0 BIG EAST). The Pirates are coming of a 6-1 loss against No. 7 Notre Dame. The Huskies will look to avenge their 1-0 loss to Seton Hall last season.
The BIG EAST Conference has been exceptionally strong throughout the season. Five teams are in the NSCAA top 25, including four in the top-10, and six teams are ranked nationally in Soccer America. UConn is second in the Blue Division trailing Marquette who recently beat the Huskies 3-2. Both teams share a 3-1-0 BIG EAST record.
Connecticut will look to Mamadou Doudou Diouf and Carlos Alvarez to lead the UConn attack. They rank third and fourth respectively in points in the BIG EAST Conference. Diouf has 19 points and nine goals while Alvarez has 16 points and six assists. Sophomore Allando Matheson has been a force off the bench, notching seven goals, including four game winners.
UConn will go into the game with one of the best defenses in BIG EAST play. The Huskies rank first in the conference in goals allowed, allowing only seven goals through the first thirteen games of the season. Goaltender Andre Blake ranks first in save percentage with 43 saves and a percentage of .860. Blake and the Husky defense have combined to accumulate eight shutouts so far on the year.
Connecticut will look to extend the nation's second-longest active home unbeaten streak to 34 games on Wednesday night. That streak ranks second in the UConn history record book. The Huskies recorded a 35-game home unbeaten streak from September 3, 1980 - October 24, 1982.