The UConn men's soccer team (6-6-2, 4-1-1 American) continues conference play on Saturday when it hosts No. 24 SMU at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. and seven Connecticut players (midfielder Shane Hudson (Coral Spring, Fla.), midfielder Dwight Ceballo (Arouca, Trinidad), midfielder Edir DaGraca (Sao Nicolau, Cape Verdes Island), defender Will Noiset (Wethersfield, Conn.), forward Allando Matheson (North York, Ontario), defender Sergio Campbell (Clarendon, Jamaica) and midfielder Adria Beso Marco (Lleida, Spain) will be honored before the match for Senior Day.
UConn men's soccer coach Ray Reid will also be recognized before the game for his 400th career win, which he recorded on Wednesday against Temple. The Huskies are 5-1-0 all-time against the Mustangs (8-4-2, 3-1-2 American) in a series that dates back to 1983.
Last Time Out
Connecticut downed Temple, 3-1, earlier this week behind a season-high two goals from sophomore forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario). Larin notched the game-winner in the 55th minute before sophomore striker Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) provided the insurance goal for a Husky team that has won three of its last four games.
Larin, who is 26th among Division I players with 0.58 goals per game, now has a team-leading 17 points on seven goals and three assists this season, while Vanacore-Decker ranks second in both goals (4) and points (10). Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) picked up his fourth victory of the year in the win.
Scouting The Mustangs
SMU, which sports a 3-3-1 record on the road this season, dropped to fourth in the league table with its 1-0 loss against Tulsa on Saturday. Four Mustang players have notched at least eight points to lead the SMU offense, including junior forward Idrissa Camara, who boasts a team-leading 13 points.
Freshman midfielder Jared Rice ranks second among American Athletic Conference players with six assists this year, while goalkeeper Michael Nelson leads all qualified conference keepers with a 0.973 goals against average. SMU enters Saturday's match with wins in seven of its last 10 games after losing three of its first four games of the season.Quick Kicks
Table Toppers... With their win against Temple and SMU's loss to Tulsa, the Huskies joined USF atop the American Athletic Conference table with 13 points. Connecticut concludes its conference schedule with a road match against the Bulls on Saturday, Nov. 1.
Conference Honors... Campbell was named the conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Huskies earn their fifth shutout of the season last weekend against Central Florida. Vanacore-Decker was also named to the Honor Roll following his game-winner against the Knights.