The UConn men’s soccer team continues conference play on Saturday when it faces UCF on the road at 7 p.m. at the UCF Soccer Complex. The match, which can be seen live HERE, marks the seventh all-time meeting between the two schools in a series that dates back to 1978.
The Huskies are 4-0-1 against the Knights and UConn has won eight of its last 10 conference games played in October dating back to the 2012 season. Connecticut (4-6-2, 2-1-1 American) is 2-3-1 this season on the road, while UCF (1-7-4, 0-1-3 American) sports a 1-1-2 record at home in 2014.
Last Time Out
Connecticut fell to No. 2 Syracuse, 4-0, at home on Tuesday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The result marked the second home loss for the Huskies this season and the first time UConn allowed four goals in Storrs since the 1995 season.
After a scoreless first half, the Orange scored three goals in the first 14 minutes of the second half before adding another one in the 81st minute. Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.), who finished the match with two saves, saw his streak of three straight shutouts snapped in the setback.
Scouting The Knights
UCF comes into Saturday’s match on a two-game losing streak after dropping matches to Memphis (Oct. 11) and Florida International (Oct. 15). Junior forward Romario Williams leads UCF with 14 points on six goals and two assists, while goalkeeper Sebastian Evers ranks first among conference keepers in save percentage (.787) and saves per game (5.29).
The Knights, who have played in 12 matches decided by one goal, lead all American Athletic schools with four ties this year. UCF has played in five overtime matches in 2014, and they played in four straight games that went past the 90th minute from Sept. 27-Oct. 11.
Overtime Blues… UConn and UCF have failed to tally a win in overtime in nine tries this season. The Knights are 0-1-4 in extra time, while the Huskies have gone 0-2-2 in games decided after regulation.
400 Wins Watch… With Connecticut’s win over Tulsa last Saturday, UConn men’s soccer coach Ray Reid (398-103-63) 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 (.762) among active Division I coaches.
Youth Movement… Freshmen and sophomores have combined for 32 of UConn’s 42 points and 12 of Connecticut’s 15 goals this season. Sophomore striker Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) leads all players with 12 points on five goals and two assists.