The UConn men’s soccer team (RV) is set to face USF in an American Athletic Conference semifinal match on Friday at 8 p.m. at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. The contest will be broadcasted live by the American Digital Network and can also be heard on WHUS Radio (91.7 FM).
Friday’s match marks the fourth straight conference semifinal appearance for the Huskies (10-6-2, 6-1-1 American), who have won six straight and eight of their last 10 matches. Connecticut is 2-1 in its previous three semifinal games. UConn and USF (10-7-1, 4-3-1 American) split games this season, as the Huskies fell to South Florida, 1-0, in overtime on Sept. 27 before defeating the Bulls, 1-0, earlier this month (Nov. 1). USF sports a 3-3-1 record away from home this year, while Connecticut is 6-3-1 in games played at Morrone Stadium in 2014.
Last Time Out
UConn advanced to the semifinal round with a 5-0 win over Temple Saturday night at home. Five Huskies tallied goals, including junior backup goalkeeper Christopher Musco (North Haven, Conn.), who netted his first career score in the 89th minute. The result marked the second straight year Connecticut scored five goals in the quarterfinal round and the scoring outburst was a season-high for the Huskies.
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Scott Levene (Stamford, Conn.) recorded four saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season, while sophomore forward Cyle Larin (Brampton, Ontario) scored his team-leading 9th goal of the season off a free kick in the 39th minute. Levene’s 0.57 goals against average ranks 8th nationally, and Larin is 19th among Division I players with an average of 0.60 goals per game.
Scouting The Bulls
USF defeated Memphis, 4-2, on Saturday in the quarterfinals behind goals from Eduardo Maceira, Edwin Moalosi and Marcus Epps. Moalosi and Lucas Baldin have paced the South Florida attack this season, tallying 19 points in five goals and nine assists each. Their total assists lead all American Athletic Players this season and rank No. 8 nationally.
South Florida goalkeeper Spasoje Stefanovic is fourth in the conference in goals against average (1.14) and total saves (53), and his .726 save percentage is the fifth-best mark among conference keepers. UConn is 9-1-2 all-time against the Bulls in a series that dates back to 1988. Three of the last four matches between the two teams have gone into overtime, including last season’s inaugural American Athletic Championship, which USF won in penalty kicks.