STORRS, CT (October, 28) Senior forward Cesar Cuellar (Santa Cruz, Bolivia) notched his fourth goal of the season, but the No. 25 University of Connecticut mens soccer team had to settle for a 1-1 tie with St. Peters Tuesday evening at Morrone Stadium in Storrs. The Huskies remain at .500 after the deadlock at 7-7-3, while St. Peters moves to 12-4-2 in 2003.
Cuellar got UConn on the board at the 42:36 mark. Willis Forko controlled the ball from 30 yards out, and struck a roller to a cutting Steve Sealy (St. James, Trinidad) down the middle of the box. Sealy slipped the ball to a cutting Cuellar, who flipped the ball past a diving John Moschella, giving UConn a 1-0 edge it would take into the locker room. The Huskies out-played the Peacocks in the first half, out-shooting the other side six-to-one and manufactured several good scoring chances. The premium opportunity came early in the first stanza, when senior Lindon Perorelli (La Crescenta, CA) and Cuellar almost hooked up for an acrobatic goal, just five minutes after the two were honored in the Hartford Courant, Career Builder.com Senior Salute. Pecorelli served the ball towards the goal from outside the top left-hand corner of the box. Cuellar dove head-first and the ball missed his head by inches, temporarily preserving the scoreless tie.
The Peacocks stormed out of the gate in the second half, controlling play for most of the session thanks to an offensive scheme that involved playing almost all their players on the offensive side of midfield. The game plan worked as Chris Megaloudis knotted the score at one at the 62:27 mark. The ball deflected off a UConn defender in the direction of Megaloudis. He controlled the ball, dribbled down the middle and created enough space to fire a shot that found its way to the top right corner of the goal. Freshman defender Moshe Shalchon (Rishon Lezioh, Isreal) made a game-saving play with 20 minutes remaining in regulation. Fellow defender Geln Carnahan (Broomfield, CO) slipped and fell as the ball was served into UConns defensive third. Megaloudis collected the ball and dribbled laterally, away from the fallen defenseman. Shalchon was there to quickly recovered though, and blocked Megadoulis shot that was ticketed to the back of the net, preserving the tie.
UConn was back on the attack in the overtime sessions, out-shooting the Peacocks 5-to-1 in the extra frames, but could not break the stalemate.
The Huskies will be back in action Saturday, October 1 when they travel to our nations capital to take on Georgetown at 1:00 p.m.