Defender Michael Mercado is one of nine seniors who will be honored before Saturday's match against Cincinnati.
Oct. 26, 2013
STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut men’s soccer team will play its final home game of the regular season tonight when it faces the University of Cincinnati at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m., and the match can be heard live on WHUS.org, 91.7 FM.
The Huskies (7-2-5 overall, 2-0-4 conference) are in the midst of a season-long nine game unbeaten streak, which they extended Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Yale. Freshman midfielder Cyle Larin scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season in the 63rd minute after receiving a beautiful volley from junior midfielder Adria Beso, who has a team best seven assists on the year.
Larin, who was named the American Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week on Monday, has scored a goal in each of his last four matches and is now tied with Central Florida’s Romario Williams and Memphis’s Mark Sherrod for the conference lead in goals this season. Connecticut senior midfielder George Fochive was also recognized this week, as he was named the conference Defensive Player of the Week after helping the Huskies earn a 2-2 draw against No. 7 Louisville last Saturday.
Cincinnati (6-9-1 overall, 1-5-0 conference) has won its last three matches, including a 2-0 victory over Louisville Wednesday, which gave the Cardinals their first lost in conference play this year. Midfielder Ashani Walker leads the Bearcats with five goals this season, while goalkeeper Alex Gill has three shutouts on the year.
Saturday’s match is Senior Night for the Huskies, as manager Conor Pescatello and Connecticut players Russell Dougan, Kareem Morad, Juho Karppinen, George Fochive, Michael Mercado, Jonathan Goodridge, Colin Bradley and Mamadou Doudou Diouf will all be honored before the match. Diouf is sixth all-time in program history with 74 points accumulated throughout his collegiate career.