The UConn men’s soccer team wraps up its regular season with one final conference match against No. 25 USF Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. on the road at Corbett Stadium. The Huskies (8-6-2, 5-1-1 American) can win their 13th-ever conference regular season title with a win over the Bulls (9-6-1, 4-2-1 American) or a tie with South Florida should UCF earn at least a draw against Tulsa. Connecticut currently sits on top of the league table with 16 points ahead of Tulsa (15) and USF (13).
Connecticut, winners of four straight, sports a 3-3-1 record on the road this season. UConn’s only conference loss this year came at the hands of USF, which defeated the Huskies, 1-0, at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium on Sept. 27. The win was South Florida’s first ever victory over UConn, which boasts an 8-1-2 all-time record against the Bulls.
Last Time Out
UConn tallied its first overtime win of the season on Tuesday, defeating Yale, 1-0, behind senior captain Adria Beso Marco’s (Lleida, Spain) game-winner three minutes into the second extra period. The goal was Beso Marco’s first ever game-winner for the Huskies, who have won six of their last eight.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) earned his fifth shutout of the season with the win, while sophomore striker Ethan Vanacore-Decker (Manahawkin, N.J.) paced the UConn offense with four shots on goal.
Scouting The Bulls
USF enters Saturday’s showdown after losing, 3-0, to Clemson Tuesday night on the road. The result produced the first losing streak for South Florida this season and marked just the second time the Bulls have allowed three goals in a match.
South Florida features one of the most prolific offenses in the conference, as USF ranks first in points per game (5.50) and assists per game (2.00). The Bulls have totaled the most assists (32) of any American Athletic team this season and are led by senior Lucas Baldin, who ranks fifth among Division I players with nine assists in 2014 to go along with five goals. USF keeper Spasoj Stefanovic sports a 1.20 goals against average for a Bulls team that has six clean sheets on the year.
CANADA’S FINEST... With three goals in two matches last week, Connecticut sophomore forward Cyle Larin moved into the top-25 nationally in two offensive categories. The UConn standout ranks No. 18 in points per game (1.46) and No. 21 in goals per game (0.62). His eight goals this year are the 30th-best mark among Division I players.
CONFERENCE HONORS... Two UConn players landed on the Conference Honor Roll on Monday, as Vanacore-Decker and senior defender Sergio Campbell were both recognized. Vanacore-Decker scored his fourth goal of the year against Temple (Oct. 22) and now has goals in three of his last five games. Campbell has played a vital role for a Husky team that ranks first in the conference with just three goals conceded in conference play this year.