Nov. 5, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - The No. 7/4 UConn men's soccer team will hit the road for the BIG EAST Quarterfinals against Rutgers on Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers earned the No. 2 seed in the Red Division and the right to host the quarterfinals.
The Huskies come into Sunday's contest with a 15-2-2 record and the No. 3 seed in the Blue Division with a 5-2-2 record in conference action. Rutgers, 9-5-3, earned the right to host the quarterfinals with a 6-1-2 record in conference action and the No. 2 seed in the Red Division.
Connecticut's quest for its eighth BIG EAST Tournament title started at home on Thursday night with a commanding 4-0 victory over No. 6 seeded DePaul. The Huskies dominated all facets of the competition, outshooting the Blue Demons, 26-4, including a 13-1 edge in shots on goal.
UConn will bring five double-digit scorers into the competition Sunday, led by sophomore Mamadou Doudou Diouf's 10 goals and two assists for 22 points. Junior captain Carlos Alvarez notched two goals and an assist to up his totals to five goals and five assists for 15 points. Stephane Diop, Tony Cascio and Allando Matheson have 12, 10 and 10 points, respectively.
Connecticut's defense has been sensational leading up to the BIG EAST Quarterfinals. The Huskies rank second in the nation with a 0.30 goals against average and have outscored their opponents 30-6.
UConn and freshman goalkeeper Andre Blake have recorded 14 shutouts to lead the nation. Blake has 13 shutouts individually with senior Lionel Brown combining for one shutout. The next shutout for Connecticut will tie the program record set by the historic 2000 National Championship team.
Fans can follow the action live at WHUS.org or 91.7fm.
The winner of Sunday's contest will advance to the BIG EAST Semifinals on Friday, November 11 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, N.J.