The UConn men’s soccer team (5-6-2, 3-1-1 American) looks for its second straight conference victory when it hosts Temple Wednesday night at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The match, slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff, will be streamed live online HERE.
A win against the Owls (2-10-2, 1-3-1 American) would give 18th-year Connecticut men’s soccer coach Ray Reid (399-103-63) his 400th career victory and improve the Huskies to 3-3-1 at home this season. Reid, who ranks second among active coaches in winning percentage (.762), would become the 16th Division I head coach to ever amass 400 wins in his coaching career. UConn earned a 1-1 draw against Temple in the first ever meeting between the two teams last year.
Last Time Out
Connecticut sophomore forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) tallied the game-winner in the 9th minute to push the Huskies past Central Florida, 1-0, on the road Saturday night. The goal was Vanacore-Decker’s third of the season as he became the fifth Husky to notch a game-winner in 2014.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) earned his fourth shutout of the season after finishing the match with two saves. The Huskies, who have given up just one goal in conference play this year, have totaled four clean sheets in their last five matches.
Scouting The Owls
Temple comes to Storrs in search of its second conference win of the season after defeating Cincinnati, 2-0, on Sept. 27. The win against the Bearcats marked the last victory for an Owl team that has dropped three straight matches heading into Wednesday’s game.
Three Owls, midfielder Jared Martinelli and forwards Olli Tynkkynen and Chas Wilson, have tallied seven points each to pace the Temple offense, while goalkeeper Dan Scheck has made 57 saves, good for the second-best mark among American Athletic Conference goalkeepers.Quick Kicks
You Always Remember Your First… Temple will be going for its first road win of the season after starting the year 0-6-1 away from home, while the Huskies can produce their first winning streak of 2014 with a victory. Connecticut is 0-2-2 following a win this year.
Youth Movement… Freshmen and sophomores have combined for 35 of UConn’s 45 points and 13 of Connecticut’s 16 goals this season. Larin leads all players with 13 points on five goals and three assists.