PITTSBURGH, PA. (October 27, 2008) - The No. 15/17 University of Connecticut men’s soccer team travels to Pittsburgh, Pa. for a BIG EAST Conference match-up against the Pittsburgh Panthers. The road trip is UConn’s final away contest of the regular season before the Huskies host Seton Hall on Friday, Oct. 31 in Storrs, Conn.
The Huskies enter Tuesday night's contest with an overall record of 8-3-5 while the Pittsburgh Panthers are currently 7-6-2 overall and 3-5-1 in the BIG EAST. The Panthers are currently seventh in the Blue Division with their conference showing as the Huskies are in second with a record of 5-3-1.
UConn fans can access live statistics with Gametracker which is available through UConnHuskies.com. Live audio can be heard on 91.7 FM and www.whus.org with John Tuite calling the action.
UConn is ranked 15th in the NSCAA/adidas Poll (as of Oct. 21) while improving to 15th in the Soccer America Poll. The Soccer Times Poll (as of Oct. 20) has the Huskies at 17th as the College Soccer News Poll has the Huskies ranked 15th as well (Oct. 20).
In their last time out on Saturday afternoon, the Huskies defeated No. 13 Notre Dame in BIG EAST Conference action at Morrone Stadium. With the game scoreless heading into the first overtime period, the Huskies were able to strike first as Cruz Hernandez headed the game-winning goal into the corner of the net off a free kick by Mike Pezza to give UConn the overtime victory.
Pezza leads the Huskies in 2008 with seven assists, including a two-assist performance against Cincinnati on Sunday, Sept. 21 at Morrone Stadium. He picked up his team-leading seventh assist in the 1-0 upset over No. 13 Notre Dame as he placed a perfect cross in front of the net for Hernandez to head into the corner of the net for the game-winner.
This week's BIG EAST Goalkeeper of the Week, Josh Ford, has allowed eight goals this season for a 0.46 goals allowed average. He posts a .884 save percentage while recording 10 shutouts this season and 61 saves in 1552:36 minutes played.
Tuesday night's game between the Huskies and the Panthers is the 18th meeting of the two programs. UConn leads the series 13-3-1 since it began in 1990. The Huskies have won 11 consecutive meetings with Pittsburgh, including last season’s 4-0 victory in Storrs, Conn.
The Panthers defeated Seton Hall 3-2 in their Saturday afternoon contest as they have been led this season by E.J. McCormick with three goals and three assists for nine points. Joe Prince-Wright also has three goals on the season. Pittsburgh has used two goalkeepers this season as Eric Barnes has played in 10 games and Jordan Marks in eight games. Both have allowed seven goals this year as Barnes has a 0.80 goals allowed average and 43 saves. Marks has recorded three shutouts with a 4-3-0 record for the Panthers.
The Huskies will next host Seton Hall University on Friday, Oct. 31 for an 7:00 p.m. BIG EAST Conference match-up at Morrone Stadium. The Halloween contest will also honor the Huskies’ six seniors prior to the start of the game for their last regular season match of their collegiate careers.