The UConn men’s soccer team (7-6-2) returns to action on Tuesday night for its regular season home finale against Yale (1-9-3). Kickoff from Joseph J. Morrone Stadium is set for 7 p.m. and the match can be seen live HERE. The Huskies, winners of three straight, are 37-26-4 all-time against the Bulldogs in a series that dates back to 1935. Yale is winless (0-6) on the road in 2014, while UConn sports a 4-3-1 home record this season.
Last Time Out
Connecticut earned its first victory over a ranked opponent this year on Saturday, defeating No. 24 SMU, 2-1, behind second half goals from sophomores Jakob Nerwinski (Lawrenceville, N.J.) and Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario). Larin tallied the game-winner in the 70th minute, as he notched his team-leading 18th point of 2014 in the win.
Seven seniors were honored prior to the match for the Huskies’ Senior Night, and men’s soccer coach Ray Reid was also recognized for his 400th win, which he earned last week against Temple. With the win, the Huskies now stand alone atop the American Athletic Conference standings with one league game left to play. Connecticut can win its 13th-ever conference regular season title with a win over USF this Saturday or a tie against the Bulls and a Tulsa tie against Central Florida.
Scouting The Bulldogs
The Bulldogs enter Tuesday’s match looking for just their second win of the season. Yale’s lone win this year came on Oct. 14 in a 1-0 win over Temple in overtime, as senior midfielder Conner Lachenbruch scored the game-winner. Lachenbruch is one of six Bulldogs to tally a goal in 2014 for a Yale team that has managed just six goals all season.
Sophomore midfielder Henry Albrecht leads the team with two assists, while goalkeeper Blake Brown ranks third in the Ivy League in both saves per game (3.78) and save percentage (.756). Last season, the Huskies held the Bulldogs to a season-best one shot in UConn’s 1-0 win on the road.
Super Sophomores… UConn sophomores have accounted for 68.9 percent of Connecticut’s offense this season, recording 40 of the team’s 58 points. Nerwinski, Larin and sophomore forward Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) have combined to score 14 of the 21 goals scored by the Huskies in 2014.
Canada’s Finest… With three goals in two matches last week, Larin moved into the top 25 nationally in three offensive categories. The UConn standout ranks No. 20 in points per game (1.46) and goals per game (0.62), and his eight goals this year are the 25th-best mark among Division I players.